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GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) vs GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) has a GPU core speed of 650 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 970 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 128 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 95 Watts
GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 135 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (42%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G92), in theory, should be just a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB in general. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 62080 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 4480 (8%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) should be much (more or less 100%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 41600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 20800 (100%)

Pixel Rate

Both cards have exactly the same pixel fill rate, so theoretically they should perform equally good at at full screen anti-aliasing, and be able to handle the same 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.

Price Comparison

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GeForce 8800 GTS (G92)

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) GeForce 9600 GT 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Dec 2007 Feb 2008
Code Name G92 G94a/b
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 1940 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 135 watts 95 watts
Bandwidth 62080 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41600 Mtexels/sec 20800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 10400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 64
Texture Mapping Units 64 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-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 max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should 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 anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory per 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 sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GTS (G92)

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GeForce 9600 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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