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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs GeForce GT 310

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 features a clock frequency of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 500 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is comprised of 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 310, which features clock speeds of 589 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR2 memory. It features 16 SPUs as well as 8 Texture Address Units and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 310 31 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 84 Watts
Difference: 53 Watts (171%)

Memory Bandwidth

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is much (more or less 460%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 310. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 310 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 21688 (460%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 will be much (more or less 180%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GT 310, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 310 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4244 (180%)

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 ASUS 512

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 GeForce GT 310
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 2008 November 2009
Code Name G92 GT218
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 589 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 31 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 4712 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 2356 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 16
Texture Mapping Units 48 8
Render Output Units 12 4
Bus Type DDR2 DDR2
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 260 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster 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 can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, 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 chip could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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GeForce GT 310

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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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