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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs GeForce GT 450 (OEM)

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 800 MHz on this card. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 12 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 450 (OEM), which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 790 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this card. It features 144 SPUs along with 24 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 84 Watts
GeForce GT 450 (OEM) 106 Watts
Difference: 22 Watts (26%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GT 450 (OEM) should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB in general. (explain)

GeForce GT 450 (OEM) 96000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 57600 (150%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB should be a lot (approximately 39%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 450 (OEM). (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 450 (OEM) 18960 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7440 (39%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 450 (OEM) is a lot (approximately 187%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GT 450 (OEM) 18960 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12360 (187%)

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 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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB GeForce GT 450 (OEM)
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 October 2010
Code Name G92 GF106
Memory 1536 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 790 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 106 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 96000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 18960 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 18960 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 144
Texture Mapping Units 48 24
Render Output Units 12 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
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 maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

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GeForce GT 450 (OEM)

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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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