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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce GT 340

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB features a clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 340, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 850 MHz on this particular card. It features 96 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

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

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB is much (about 77%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 340. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 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 GSO 512MB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB GeForce GT 340
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 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) 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 maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, 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 the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling 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 could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 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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