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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB has a clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, which features a core clock frequency of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 500 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 12 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 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Difference: 6 Watts (7%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB will be 260% faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB should be just a bit (about 18%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4800 (18%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB is superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, by far. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2008 September 2008
Code Name G94a/b G92
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts 84 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 26400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 96
Texture Mapping Units 48 48
Render Output Units 16 12
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR2
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 65 nm
Transistors 505 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed 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 the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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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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