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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs GeForce GT 340

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB comes with clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 64 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GT 340, which comes with a core clock frequency of 550 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 850 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 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 69 Watts
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 95 Watts
Difference: 26 Watts (38%)

Memory Bandwidth

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

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB is a small bit (approximately 18%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 340. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 340 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

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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
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 February 2010
Code Name G94a/b GT215
Memory 512 MB 512 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 (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially 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 GT 512MB

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GeForce GT 340

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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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