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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs GeForce GT 340

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this particular model. It features 64 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GT 340, which features a clock frequency of 550 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 850 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and uses 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 1GB 95 Watts
Difference: 26 Watts (38%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB should be just a bit faster than the GeForce GT 340 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB will be a small bit (approximately 18%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 340. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 340 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3200 (18%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB is a lot (more or less 136%) better at AA than the GeForce GT 340, and also able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 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 1GB

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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 1GB GeForce GT 340
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 February 2010
Code Name G94a/b GT215
Memory 1024 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 largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better 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 are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core 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 output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

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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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