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

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB has a core clock speed of 550 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 800 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GT 450 (OEM), which comes with a clock frequency of 790 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also features a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 144 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GT 450 (OEM) should be 150% faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB overall, due to its higher data rate. (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 is much (approximately 39%) faster with regards to AF 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

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GT 450 (OEM) is a better choice, and very much so. (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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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.

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 max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's 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 is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

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GeForce GT 450 (OEM)

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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