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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs Radeon HD 6950

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 features a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM runs at 500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 96 Stream Processors, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 ROPs.

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 runs at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this particular model. It features 1408 SPUs as well as 88 Texture Address Units 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 perform much faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 in general. (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 a lot (approximately 167%) faster with regards to anisotropic 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

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6950 is superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, by far. (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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once 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, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - 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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