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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTS 450

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 64 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTS 450, which comes with a clock frequency of 783 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 902 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 192 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation 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

In theory, the GeForce GTS 450 should perform a little bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 450 is just a bit (about 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

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 450 is a better choice, though only just barely. (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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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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

Amazon.com

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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.

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