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GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) vs GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) has a core clock frequency of 450 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 400 MHz. It also features a 64-bit bus, and makes use of a 80 nm design. It is comprised of 8 SPUs, 4 Texture Address Units, and 2 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB, which makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular model. 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 8300 GS (OEM) 40 Watts
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 95 Watts
Difference: 55 Watts (138%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB should be a lot faster than the GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) 6400 MB/sec
Difference: 51200 (800%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB will be quite a bit (about 1056%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 8300 GS (OEM). (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) 1800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19000 (1056%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB is quite a bit (more or less 1056%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 8300 GS (OEM), and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 10400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) 900 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9500 (1056%)

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 8300 GS (OEM)

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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 8300 GS (OEM) GeForce 9600 GT 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2007 Feb 2008
Code Name G86 G94a/b
Memory 128 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 450 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 1800 Mtexels/sec 20800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 900 Mpixels/sec 10400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 8 64
Texture Mapping Units 4 32
Render Output Units 2 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 65/55 nm
Transistors 210 million 505 million
Bus PCI Express x16 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has 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 is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video 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 most pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8300 GS (OEM)

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

Amazon.com

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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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