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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce GTS 450 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB has a core clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTS 450 1GB, which comes with a clock frequency of 783 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 902 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 192 SPUs, 32 TAUs, 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, in theory, should perform a small bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB overall. (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 much (approximately 25%) more effective at 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

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 450 1GB is the winner, though only just barely. (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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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 largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. 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 fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

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GeForce GTS 450 1GB

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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