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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 6950

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB features a GPU core clock speed of 650 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 64 Stream Processors, 32 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6950, which features a core clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 1408 SPUs, 88 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 95 Watts
Radeon HD 6950 200 Watts
Difference: 105 Watts (111%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6950 is 178% faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 160000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 102400 (178%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 will be a lot (approximately 238%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 70400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 49600 (238%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6950 is superior to the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 25600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 15200 (146%)

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 1GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6950

Amazon.com

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 GT 1GB Radeon HD 6950
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 December 2010
Code Name G94a/b Cayman Pro
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 70400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 1408
Texture Mapping Units 32 88
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 505 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 maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, 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 the video card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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