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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs GeForce 9800 GT 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 comes with a core clock speed of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 500 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB, which comes with a core clock frequency of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 84 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
Difference: 21 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 overall. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 41600 (260%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB is much (about 27%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7200 (27%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3000 (45%)

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 GSO ASUS 512 GeForce 9800 GT 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 2008 July 2008
Code Name G92 G92a/b
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 600 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 105 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 33600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 9600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 112
Texture Mapping Units 48 56
Render Output Units 12 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 65/55 nm
Transistors 754 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 maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 can be applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. 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 fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

Amazon.com

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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB

Amazon.com

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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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