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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs GeForce GT 430 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 64 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GT 430 1GB, which has core clock speeds of 700 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 96 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 430 1GB 60 Watts
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 95 Watts
Difference: 35 Watts (58%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB should be a lot faster than the GeForce GT 430 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 28800 (100%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB should be quite a bit (more or less 86%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 430 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 11200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9600 (86%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 10400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 2800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7600 (271%)

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

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 430 1GB

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GT 1GB GeForce GT 430 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 October 2010
Code Name G94a/b GF108
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 700 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 60 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 11200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 2800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 96
Texture Mapping Units 32 16
Render Output Units 16 4
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 505 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 maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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