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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs GeForce 9800 GT 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB has a core clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 64 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB, which has a clock frequency of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised 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 512MB 95 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (11%)

Memory Bandwidth

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB will be much (about 62%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12800 (62%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB will be just a bit (more or less 8%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB, and also capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GT 512MB GeForce 9800 GT 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 July 2008
Code Name G94a/b G92a/b
Memory 512 MB 512 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 the video card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB

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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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