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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB vs GeForce GT 230

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB has core clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 768 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 12 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 230, which has a core clock speed of 550 MHz and a DDR3 memory frequency of 800 MHz. It also features a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 230 65 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 84 Watts
Difference: 19 Watts (29%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same bandwidth, so theoretically they should have the same performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB is a lot (about 200%) better at AF than the GeForce GT 230. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 230 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 17600 (200%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB should be quite a bit (approximately 50%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 230, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 6600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 230 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2200 (50%)

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 768MB

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GeForce GT 230

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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 768MB GeForce GT 230
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 October 2009
Code Name G92 GT218
Memory 768 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 38400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 8800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 4400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 32
Texture Mapping Units 48 16
Render Output Units 12 8
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 260 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, 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 most pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB

Amazon.com

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GeForce GT 230

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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