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GeForce 8500 GT vs GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

Intro

The GeForce 8500 GT has a GPU clock speed of 450 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM is set to run at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 16 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, which makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 550 MHz. The DDR2 memory is set to run at a frequency of 500 MHz on this specific card. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 12 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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 be quite a bit 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 should be much (about 633%) faster with regards to 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 should be quite a bit (approximately 267%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8500 GT, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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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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.

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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better 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 number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. 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 output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max 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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