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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this card. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, which comes with a core clock speed of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 500 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, 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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 overall. (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 a bit (more or less 18%) more effective at AF 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 running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB is the winner, by a large margin. (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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure 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 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 maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in a 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 called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max 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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