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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs GeForce 9800 GTX+

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this model. It features 64 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce 9800 GTX+, which makes use of a 55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 738 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 1100 MHz on this specific model. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 95 Watts
GeForce 9800 GTX+ 145 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (53%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9800 GTX+ will be 22% quicker than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX+ 70400 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (22%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GTX+ should be much (approximately 127%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX+ 47232 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 26432 (127%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GTX+ will be a little bit (more or less 14%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB, and able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX+ 11808 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1408 (14%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GT 512MB GeForce 9800 GTX+
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 July 2008
Code Name G94a/b G92b
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 738 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 2200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 145 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 70400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 47232 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 11808 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 128
Texture Mapping Units 32 64
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 55 nm
Transistors 505 million 754 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

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GeForce 9800 GTX+

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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