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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs GeForce GT 430 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB features a GPU core 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 is made up of 64 Stream Processors, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GT 430 1GB, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 700 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 96 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

(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

Performance-wise, the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB should in theory be quite a bit superior to 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 much (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 lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB is the winner, by far. (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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 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 anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock 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 applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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