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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 6950

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB has a core clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 64 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, 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 memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 1408 SPUs, 88 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

The Radeon HD 6950 should theoretically perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 is quite a bit (about 238%) faster with regards to 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

The Radeon HD 6950 should be quite a bit (more or less 146%) better at FSAA than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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

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Radeon HD 6950

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce 9600 GT 1GB Radeon HD 6950
Manufacturer nVidia ATi
Year Feb 2008 December 2010
Code Name G94a/b Cayman Pro
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed 1625 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective) 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 64 1408
Texture Mapping Units 32 88
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 200 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 70400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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