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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB vs GeForce GT 220 GDDR3

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a speed of 800 MHz on this model. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 12 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3, which features core speeds of 625 MHz on the GPU, and 1012 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 48 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 58 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 84 Watts
Difference: 26 Watts (45%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB should theoretically be just a bit better than the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 38400 MB/sec
GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 32384 MB/sec
Difference: 6016 (19%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB will be a lot (about 164%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 10000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16400 (164%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 6600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 5000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1600 (32%)

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 384MB

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GeForce GT 220 GDDR3

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB GeForce GT 220 GDDR3
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 October 2009
Code Name G92 GT216
Memory 384 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 625 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 2024 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 58 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 32384 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 10000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 5000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 48
Texture Mapping Units 48 16
Render Output Units 12 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 486 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core 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 processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core 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 quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

Amazon.com

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GeForce GT 220 GDDR3

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.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB vs GeForce GT 220 GDDR3”
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