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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs Radeon HD 5830

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB comes with a clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It is made up of 64 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5830, which features a core clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 1120(224x5) SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 95 Watts
Radeon HD 5830 175 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (84%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 5830, in theory, should perform a lot faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 128000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 70400 (122%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5830 will be much (about 115%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 44800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 24000 (115%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5830 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 12800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2400 (23%)

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 512MB

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Radeon HD 5830

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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 GT 512MB Radeon HD 5830
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 February 25, 2010
Code Name G94a/b Cypress LE
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 44800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 1120(224x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 56
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 505 million 2154 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can 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 Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called 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 of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 5830

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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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