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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs GeForce GT 340 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB has a clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit 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 that to the GeForce GT 340 1GB, which has a clock frequency of 550 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 850 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 340 1GB 69 Watts
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 95 Watts
Difference: 26 Watts (38%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB, in theory, should be a bit faster than the GeForce GT 340 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 340 1GB 54400 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (6%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB should be a little bit (approximately 18%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 340 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 340 1GB 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3200 (18%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB is superior to the GeForce GT 340 1GB, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 340 1GB 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6000 (136%)

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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GeForce GT 340 1GB

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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 GeForce GT 340 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 February 2010
Code Name G94a/b GT215
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3400 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 69 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 54400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 17600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 4400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 96
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 505 million 727 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

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GeForce GT 340 1GB

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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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