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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs Radeon HD 6770 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6770 1GB, which has GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1050 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 800 Stream Processors, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Radeon HD 6770 1GB 108 Watts
Difference: 18 Watts (20%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 6770 1GB should theoretically perform a small bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 67200 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (17%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6770 1GB will be a bit (approximately 15%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 36000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4800 (15%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6770 1GB will be a lot (approximately 38%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 14400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4000 (38%)

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 512MB

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Radeon HD 6770 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 9600 GSO 512MB Radeon HD 6770 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2008 January 2011
Code Name G94a/b Juniper XT
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts 108 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 67200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 36000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 800
Texture Mapping Units 48 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 505 million 1040 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

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

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 6770 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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