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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce 9800 GT 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this model. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB, which features GPU core speed of 600 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 112 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (17%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same bandwidth, so in theory they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should be a little bit (approximately 8%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2400 (8%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB should be a small bit (about 8%) better at FSAA than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 800 (8%)

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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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB

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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 GSO 512MB GeForce 9800 GT 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2008 July 2008
Code Name G94a/b G92a/b
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 600 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts 105 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 33600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 9600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 112
Texture Mapping Units 48 56
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 65/55 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 (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB

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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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