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GeForce 8500 GT vs GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

Intro

The GeForce 8500 GT makes use of a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 450 MHz. The DDR2 RAM works at a frequency of 400 MHz on this model. It features 16 SPUs along with 8 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, which has GPU clock speed of 550 MHz, and 512 MB of DDR2 memory set to run at 500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 96 Stream Processors, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8500 GT 45 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 84 Watts
Difference: 39 Watts (87%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should theoretically perform a lot faster than the GeForce 8500 GT in general. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 16000 MB/sec
GeForce 8500 GT 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 will be much (approximately 633%) better at AF than the GeForce 8500 GT. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8500 GT 3600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22800 (633%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 will be much (more or less 267%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8500 GT, and able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8500 GT 1800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4800 (267%)

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 8500 GT

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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 8500 GT GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 September 2008
Code Name G86 G92
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 450 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 45 watts 84 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 3600 Mtexels/sec 26400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 1800 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 96
Texture Mapping Units 8 48
Render Output Units 4 12
Bus Type DDR2 DDR2
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 65 nm
Transistors 210 million 754 million
Bus PCIe x16, PCI, 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 data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core 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 rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8500 GT

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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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