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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB features a clock speed of 650 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 made up of 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB, which comes with a core clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is made up of 64 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 95 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (6%)

Memory Bandwidth

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB is quite a bit (about 50%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10400 (50%)

Pixel Rate

Both cards have the exact same pixel fill rate, so theoretically they should be equally good at at FSAA, and be capable of handling the same screen resolutions. (explain)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB GeForce 9600 GT 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2008 Feb 2008
Code Name G94a/b G94a/b
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts 95 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 20800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 10400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 64
Texture Mapping Units 48 32
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 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 largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core 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 applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

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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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