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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs Radeon HD 5450

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The DDR2 RAM runs at a frequency of 500 MHz on this specific model. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 12 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5450, which comes with GPU core speed of 650 MHz, and 512 MB of DDR3 memory set to run at 800 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is made up of 80(16x5) Stream Processors, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation 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

In theory, the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 will be 25% quicker than the Radeon HD 5450 overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (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 is quite a bit (more or less 408%) more effective at AF 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 using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is a better choice, 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock 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 processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also 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, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max 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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