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GeForce 8400 GS 512MB vs GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 8400 GS 512MB has a GPU clock speed of 650 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM is set to run at 400 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 16 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB, which features a core clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 64 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation 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 a lot faster than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB overall. (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 will be much (more or less 300%) better at AF 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

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB is a better choice, by far. (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 (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, 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 can be applied in one second. This is calculated 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 processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends 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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