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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs GeForce GT 440 1.5GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB has core speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 Texture Address Units and 12 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 594 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a speed of 900 MHz on this model. It features 144 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 56 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 84 Watts
Difference: 28 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GT 440 1.5GB, in theory, should perform a small bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 43200 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 4800 (13%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB is a lot (about 85%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 14256 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12144 (85%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 14256 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7656 (116%)

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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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 GSO 1.5GB GeForce GT 440 1.5GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 October 2010
Code Name G92 GF106
Memory 1536 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 594 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 56 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 43200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 14256 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 14256 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 144
Texture Mapping Units 48 24
Render Output Units 12 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 1170 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 max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the 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 that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

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GeForce GT 440 1.5GB

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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.

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