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GeForce 9400 GT 256MB vs GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

Intro

The GeForce 9400 GT 256MB features a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 256 MB of GDDR2 RAM runs at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 16 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, which makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 550 MHz. The DDR2 memory runs at a speed of 500 MHz on this particular model. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 Texture Address Units and 12 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9400 GT 256MB 50 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 84 Watts
Difference: 34 Watts (68%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should theoretically be much superior to the GeForce 9400 GT 256MB overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 16000 MB/sec
GeForce 9400 GT 256MB 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should be quite a bit (about 500%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9400 GT 256MB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9400 GT 256MB 4400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22000 (500%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9400 GT 256MB 2200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4400 (200%)

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 9400 GT 256MB

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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 9400 GT 256MB GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year August 2008 September 2008
Code Name G96a G92
Memory 256 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 84 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 4400 Mtexels/sec 26400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2200 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 96
Texture Mapping Units 8 48
Render Output Units 4 12
Bus Type GDDR2 DDR2
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 65 nm
Transistors 314 million 754 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling 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 the video card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on 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 9400 GT 256MB

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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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