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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB vs GeForce GT 440 3GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 800 MHz on this card. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 Texture Address Units and 12 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GT 440 3GB, which features GPU clock speed of 594 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR3 RAM running at 900 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 144 Stream Processors, 24 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 440 3GB 56 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 84 Watts
Difference: 28 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GT 440 3GB, in theory, should perform a little bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB overall. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 3GB 43200 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 4800 (13%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB will be a lot (about 85%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 440 3GB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 440 3GB 14256 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12144 (85%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GT 440 3GB is superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 3GB 14256 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 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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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

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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 384MB GeForce GT 440 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 October 2010
Code Name G92 GF106
Memory 384 MB 3072 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends 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 maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

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GeForce GT 440 3GB

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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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