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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs Radeon HD 6950

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The DDR2 memory runs at a frequency of 500 MHz on this specific card. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 Texture Address Units and 12 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6950, which has GPU clock speed of 800 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1250 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1408 Stream Processors, 88 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation 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

In theory, the Radeon HD 6950 will be 900% faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 in general, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 is quite a bit (more or less 167%) better at 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

The Radeon HD 6950 will be quite a bit (approximately 288%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, and also will be 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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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 max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better 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 are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its 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 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 rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably 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

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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