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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce GTS 450 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB has core clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTS 450 1GB, which features a GPU core clock speed of 783 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 902 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 192 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
GeForce GTS 450 1GB 106 Watts
Difference: 16 Watts (18%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB should in theory perform a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 57728 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 128 (0%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB is quite a bit (about 25%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTS 450 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTS 450 1GB 25056 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6144 (25%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB is a little bit (about 20%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB, and also able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 12528 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 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 GSO 512MB

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GeForce GTS 450 1GB

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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 512MB GeForce GTS 450 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2008 September 2010
Code Name G94a/b GF106
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 783 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3608 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts 106 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 57728 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 25056 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 12528 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 192
Texture Mapping Units 48 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 max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better 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 are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably 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 512MB

Amazon.com

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GeForce GTS 450 1GB

Amazon.com

Check prices at:

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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