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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs GeForce GT 430 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB features a clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It features 64 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GT 430 1GB, which features a GPU core clock speed of 700 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM set to run at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, 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

Theoretically, the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB should be quite a bit 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 much (more or less 86%) more effective 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

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB should be quite a bit (about 271%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 430 1GB, and should be capable of handling higher 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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