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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs Radeon HD 5450

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 has a GPU clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 memory runs at 500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 Stream Processors, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 5450, which has core speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 80(16x5) SPUs as well as 8 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5450 19 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 84 Watts
Difference: 65 Watts (342%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, in theory, should perform a lot faster than the Radeon HD 5450 in general. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 16000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5450 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 will be a lot (about 408%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5450. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5450 5200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 21200 (408%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5450 2600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4000 (154%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 Radeon HD 5450
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2008 February 4, 2010
Code Name G92 Cedar PRO
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 19 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 5200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 2600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 80(16x5)
Texture Mapping Units 48 8
Render Output Units 12 4
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 292 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, 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 is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write 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 clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably 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 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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Radeon HD 5450

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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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