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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs GeForce GTS 450 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this particular model. It features 64 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTS 450 1GB, which features GPU core speed of 783 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 902 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 192 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, 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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTS 450 1GB is 0% faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB in general, because of its higher data rate. (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%) more effective at texture filtering 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

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB is a small bit (more or less 20%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB, and also able to handle higher resolutions better. (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 maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record 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 clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

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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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