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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce GT 340 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB has core clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 340 1GB, which comes with clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 850 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 96 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 340 1GB 69 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Difference: 21 Watts (30%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB should theoretically be just a bit better than the GeForce GT 340 1GB overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB should be much (more or less 77%) better at AF than the GeForce GT 340 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 340 1GB 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13600 (77%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB will be much (approximately 136%) more effective at AA than the GeForce GT 340 1GB, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 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 GSO 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 GSO 512MB GeForce GT 340 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 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) 90 watts 69 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 54400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 17600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 4400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 96
Texture Mapping Units 48 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 largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 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 high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock 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 applied in a second.

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

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

Amazon.com

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GeForce GT 340 1GB

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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