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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs Radeon HD 6950

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 has a GPU clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM is set to run at 500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6950, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1250 MHz on this specific card. It features 1408 SPUs along with 88 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 84 Watts
Radeon HD 6950 200 Watts
Difference: 116 Watts (138%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 6950 should in theory be a lot faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 160000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 144000 (900%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 will be quite a bit (approximately 167%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 70400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 44000 (167%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 is a lot (more or less 288%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, and able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 25600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 19000 (288%)

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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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 ASUS 512 Radeon HD 6950
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2008 December 2010
Code Name G92 Cayman Pro
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 70400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 1408
Texture Mapping Units 48 88
Render Output Units 12 32
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 2640 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 maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core 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 also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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Radeon HD 6950

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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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