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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs Radeon HD 6770

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular model. It features 64 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6770, which features core speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1050 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 800 SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 95 Watts
Radeon HD 6770 108 Watts
Difference: 13 Watts (14%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 6770 should be a little bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6770 will be a lot (more or less 73%) better at AF than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6770 36000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15200 (73%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6770 is the winner, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 6770 14400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 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 GT 512MB

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Radeon HD 6770

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GT 512MB Radeon HD 6770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 January 2011
Code Name G94a/b Juniper XT
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 108 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 67200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 36000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 800
Texture Mapping Units 32 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it must 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, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

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Radeon HD 6770

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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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