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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 comes with a core clock speed of 550 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 800 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is comprised of 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB, which features a core clock speed of 550 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 800 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is made up 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 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 50 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 84 Watts
Difference: 34 Watts (68%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB should theoretically be much faster than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 38400 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 25600 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (50%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB should be much (more or less 200%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 17600 (200%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB is superior to the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 6600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2200 (50%)

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 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3

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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 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 May 2008
Code Name G96b G92
Memory 1024 MB 768 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 84 watts
Bandwidth 25600 MB/sec 38400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 26400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 96
Texture Mapping Units 16 48
Render Output Units 8 12
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 65 nm
Transistors 314 million 754 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI 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 data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

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

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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3

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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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