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GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) vs GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

Intro

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

Compare that to the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB, which features a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and 1536 MB of GDDR3 RAM running at 800 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) 40 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 84 Watts
Difference: 44 Watts (110%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB should theoretically be much better than the GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) 6400 MB/sec
Difference: 32000 (500%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB is quite a bit (more or less 1367%) better at AF than the GeForce 8300 GS (OEM). (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) 1800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 24600 (1367%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB will be a lot (approximately 633%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce 8300 GS (OEM), and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 6600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) 900 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5700 (633%)

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 GSO 1.5GB

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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 GSO 1.5GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2007 May 2008
Code Name G86 G92
Memory 128 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 450 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 40 watts 84 watts
Bandwidth 6400 MB/sec 38400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 1800 Mtexels/sec 26400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 900 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 8 96
Texture Mapping Units 4 48
Render Output Units 2 12
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 65 nm
Transistors 210 million 754 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 moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied 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 handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. 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 fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8300 GS (OEM)

Amazon.com

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

Amazon.com

Check prices at:

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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