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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB vs Radeon HD 5830

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB comes with a GPU core speed of 550 MHz, and the 384 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 800 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 96 Stream Processors, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5830, which features a core clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 1120(224x5) SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 84 Watts
Radeon HD 5830 175 Watts
Difference: 91 Watts (108%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 5830 is 233% quicker than the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 128000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 89600 (233%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5830 is a lot (more or less 70%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 44800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18400 (70%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5830 is superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 12800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6200 (94%)

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 384MB

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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 384MB Radeon HD 5830
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2008 February 25, 2010
Code Name G92 Cypress LE
Memory 384 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 44800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 1120(224x5)
Texture Mapping Units 48 56
Render Output Units 12 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics 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 most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. 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 also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

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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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