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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs GeForce GT 430

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 800 MHz on this particular card. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 12 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GT 430, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 700 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this card. It features 96 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 430 60 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 84 Watts
Difference: 24 Watts (40%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB should theoretically be a lot better than the GeForce GT 430 in general. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
GeForce GT 430 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (33%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB should be quite a bit (more or less 136%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 430. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 430 11200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15200 (136%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB should be a lot (more or less 136%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 430, and also capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 6600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 2800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3800 (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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB GeForce GT 430
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 October 2010
Code Name G92 GF108
Memory 1536 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 700 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 60 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 11200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 2800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 96
Texture Mapping Units 48 16
Render Output Units 12 4
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 585 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core 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 rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

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GeForce GT 430

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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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