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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce 9800 GTX+

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this model. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce 9800 GTX+, which makes use of a 55 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 738 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 1100 MHz on this particular 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 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
GeForce 9800 GTX+ 145 Watts
Difference: 55 Watts (61%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9800 GTX+ should be 22% faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GTX+ will be much (more or less 51%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX+ 47232 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16032 (51%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GTX+ is just a bit (about 14%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB, and should be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX+ 11808 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB GeForce 9800 GTX+
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 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) 90 watts 145 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 70400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 47232 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 11808 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 128
Texture Mapping Units 48 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 largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 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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