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GeForce 8500 GT vs GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

Intro

The GeForce 8500 GT comes with a clock speed of 450 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 400 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 80 nm design. It is made up of 16 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, which comes with a core clock frequency of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 500 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is comprised of 96 SPUs, 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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should theoretically be quite a bit better 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 a lot (more or less 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 is much (more or less 267%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce 8500 GT, and also will be able to handle higher 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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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 max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video 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 most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called 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 memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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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.

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