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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTS 450

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB features a clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is made up of 64 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTS 450, which has core speeds of 783 MHz on the GPU, and 902 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 192 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 95 Watts
GeForce GTS 450 106 Watts
Difference: 11 Watts (12%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTS 450 is 0% quicker than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 57728 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 128 (0%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 450 should be a bit (more or less 20%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 25056 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4256 (20%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTS 450 will be a small bit (about 20%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 12528 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2128 (20%)

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 GT 512MB

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GeForce GTS 450

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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 GT 512MB GeForce GTS 450
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 September 2010
Code Name G94a/b GF106
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 783 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3608 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 106 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 57728 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 25056 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 12528 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 192
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 505 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 transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling 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 could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

Amazon.com

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GeForce GTS 450

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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