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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs Radeon HD 5830

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5830, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1000 MHz on this model. It features 1120(224x5) SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Radeon HD 5830 175 Watts
Difference: 85 Watts (94%)

Memory Bandwidth

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

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5830 will be much (more or less 44%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 44800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13600 (44%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 5830 will be much (approximately 23%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 12800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 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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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 512MB Radeon HD 5830
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 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) 90 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 44800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 1120(224x5)
Texture Mapping Units 48 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 largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 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.

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