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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 550 MHz. The DDR2 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 500 MHz on this model. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 12 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB, which features core clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 64 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 84 Watts
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 95 Watts
Difference: 11 Watts (13%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB will be 260% faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should be much (more or less 27%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5600 (27%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB is superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3800 (58%)

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 9600 GT 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 2008 Feb 2008
Code Name G92 G94a/b
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 95 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 20800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 10400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 64
Texture Mapping Units 48 32
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 505 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 maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR 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 number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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GeForce 9600 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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