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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs GeForce GTX 460 SE

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB features a GPU core speed of 550 MHz, and the 1536 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 800 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 Stream Processors, 48 TAUs, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 460 SE, which has GPU core speed of 650 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 850 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 288 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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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

The GeForce GTX 460 SE, in theory, should perform a lot faster than 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 should be a small bit (about 18%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering 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 will be much (approximately 215%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB, and able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should 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 AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. 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 many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max 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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