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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs GeForce GTS 450 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB comes with a core clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It features 64 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTS 450 1GB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 783 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 902 MHz on this particular model. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 95 Watts
GeForce GTS 450 1GB 106 Watts
Difference: 11 Watts (12%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTS 450 1GB should perform a small bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB will be a bit (more or less 20%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 25056 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4256 (20%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 450 1GB is the winner, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 12528 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 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 1GB

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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 GT 1GB GeForce GTS 450 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 September 2010
Code Name G94a/b GF106
Memory 1024 MB 1024 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 max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum 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 higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at 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 that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

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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.

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