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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce GT 340 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB has a GPU clock speed of 650 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GT 340 1GB, which has GPU core speed of 550 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 850 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 96 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

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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

Theoretically, the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB should be a little bit faster 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 a lot (about 77%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering 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 should be a lot (about 136%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 340 1GB, and also able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

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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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