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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB comes with a clock frequency of 550 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 800 MHz. It also features a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB, which has GPU clock speed of 550 MHz, and 768 MB of GDDR3 memory set to run at 800 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same bandwidth, so in theory they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

Both cards have exactly the same texel rate, so theoretically they should be equally good at at AF. (explain)

Pixel Rate

Both cards have the exact same pixel rate, so in theory they should be equally good at at FSAA, and be capable of handling the same screen resolutions. (explain)

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 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 9600 GSO 1.5GB GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 May 2008
Code Name G92 G92
Memory 1536 MB 768 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 84 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 38400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 26400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 96
Texture Mapping Units 48 48
Render Output Units 12 12
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 65 nm
Transistors 754 million 754 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 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 in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total 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 in a second.

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

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB

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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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