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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB vs GeForce GT 440 3GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB features a GPU core speed of 550 MHz, and the 768 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 800 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 96 Stream Processors, 48 TAUs, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 440 3GB, which comes with clock speeds of 594 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 144 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 440 3GB 56 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 84 Watts
Difference: 28 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GT 440 3GB should be a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB in general. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 3GB 43200 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 4800 (13%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB should be much (more or less 85%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GT 440 3GB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 440 3GB 14256 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12144 (85%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GT 440 3GB is superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 3GB 14256 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 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 768MB

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB GeForce GT 440 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 October 2010
Code Name G92 GF106
Memory 768 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure 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 video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB

Amazon.com

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GeForce GT 440 3GB

Amazon.com

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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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