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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs GeForce GTX 460 SE

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB comes with core speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 12 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 460 SE, which features core clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 850 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 288 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 84 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 SE 150 Watts
Difference: 66 Watts (79%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 460 SE should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 SE 108800 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 70400 (183%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 SE is just a bit (approximately 18%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 SE 31200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4800 (18%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 SE should be quite a bit (approximately 215%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB, and should be able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 SE 20800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 14200 (215%)

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 1.5GB

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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 1.5GB GeForce GTX 460 SE
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 November 2010
Code Name G92 GF104
Memory 1536 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 3400 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 108800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 31200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 20800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 288
Texture Mapping Units 48 48
Render Output Units 12 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 1950 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This 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 one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also 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, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

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GeForce GTX 460 SE

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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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