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GeForce 8600 GTS vs GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GTS features core speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB, which has a core clock frequency of 550 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 800 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 12 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GTS 75 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 84 Watts
Difference: 9 Watts (12%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB is 20% quicker than the GeForce 8600 GTS in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 38400 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 32000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (20%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB will be much (more or less 144%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GTS. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 10800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15600 (144%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB should be much (approximately 22%) better at FSAA than the GeForce 8600 GTS, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 6600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 5400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1200 (22%)

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 8600 GTS

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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

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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 8600 GTS GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 May 2008
Code Name G84 G92
Memory 512 MB 384 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 84 watts
Bandwidth 32000 MB/sec 38400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10800 Mtexels/sec 26400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5400 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 96
Texture Mapping Units 16 48
Render Output Units 8 12
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 65 nm
Transistors 289 million 754 million
Bus PCIe x16 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 across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GTS

Amazon.com

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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

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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