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

Intro

The GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) comes with core clock speeds of 450 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 128 MB of DDR2 memory. It features 8 SPUs as well as 4 TAUs and 2 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications 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 works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 64 SPUs along with 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 speaking, the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB should be 800% faster than the GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) in general, because of its higher data rate. (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 is a lot (more or less 1056%) faster with regards to 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

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB is a better choice, by a large margin. (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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

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

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GeForce 8300 GS (OEM)

Amazon.com

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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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