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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs GeForce GT 430 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB features a GPU clock speed of 650 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 64 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GT 430 1GB, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 700 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this model. It features 96 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

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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

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB, in theory, should perform a lot faster than the GeForce GT 430 1GB in general. (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 will be quite a bit (approximately 86%) faster with regards to anisotropic 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

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB is a lot (approximately 271%) better at FSAA than the GeForce GT 430 1GB, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (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

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 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 largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should 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, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed 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. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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