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GeForce 8400 GS 512MB vs GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 8400 GS 512MB comes with core clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 16 SPUs as well as 8 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB, which makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 64 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 40 Watts
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 95 Watts
Difference: 55 Watts (138%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB should be much faster than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB in general. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 6400 MB/sec
Difference: 51200 (800%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB should be a lot (more or less 300%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 5200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15600 (300%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB should be quite a bit (more or less 300%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 10400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 2600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7800 (300%)

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 8400 GS 512MB

Amazon.com

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

Amazon.com

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 8400 GS 512MB GeForce 9600 GT 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 2007 Feb 2008
Code Name G86 G94a/b
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 40 watts 95 watts
Bandwidth 6400 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 5200 Mtexels/sec 20800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2600 Mpixels/sec 10400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 64
Texture Mapping Units 8 32
Render Output Units 4 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 65/55 nm
Transistors 210 million 505 million
Bus PCIe x16, PCI PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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