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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs GeForce 9800 GT 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB features core clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 64 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB, which has a clock frequency of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It is made up of 112 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 95 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (11%)

Memory Bandwidth

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB will be a lot (more or less 62%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12800 (62%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB should be a small bit (more or less 8%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 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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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 1GB GeForce 9800 GT 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 July 2008
Code Name G94a/b G92a/b
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 600 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 105 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 33600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 9600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 112
Texture Mapping Units 32 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 information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

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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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