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GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) vs GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) has a GPU core speed of 650 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 970 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 128 Stream Processors, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB, which comes with core clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 64 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 95 Watts
GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 135 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (42%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) should be a small bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB in general. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 62080 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 4480 (8%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) should be much (about 100%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 41600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 20800 (100%)

Pixel Rate

Both cards have the exact same pixel fill rate, so in theory they should perform equally good at at anti-aliasing, and be capable of handling the same screen resolutions. (explain)

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 8800 GTS (G92)

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

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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 8800 GTS (G92) GeForce 9600 GT 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Dec 2007 Feb 2008
Code Name G92 G94a/b
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 1940 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 135 watts 95 watts
Bandwidth 62080 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41600 Mtexels/sec 20800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 10400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 64
Texture Mapping Units 64 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 65/55 nm
Transistors 754 million 505 million
Bus 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 maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GTS (G92)

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

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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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