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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 comes with a GPU clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM is set to run at 500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB, which has GPU clock speed of 650 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 64 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation 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, the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB should be a lot faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 in general. (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 is a lot (approximately 27%) more effective 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 lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB is the winner, by far. (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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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 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on 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 potential to get to the maximum 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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