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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs GeForce GT 430 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB features core clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 64 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 430 1GB, which comes with GPU core speed of 700 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM running at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 96 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 4 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

In theory, the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 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 is quite a bit (about 86%) better at 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

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB is the winner, by a large margin. (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

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

Model GeForce 9600 GT 1GB GeForce GT 430 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 October 2010
Code Name G94a/b GF108
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 700 MHz
Shader Speed 1625 MHz 1400 MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective) 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 64 96
Texture Mapping Units 32 16
Render Output Units 16 4
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 60 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 11200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 2800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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