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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs GeForce GT 220 GDDR3

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB has clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 12 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 625 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 1012 MHz on this card. It features 48 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs 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 1.5GB 84 Watts
Difference: 26 Watts (45%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB should theoretically be a small bit faster than the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 in general. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 32384 MB/sec
Difference: 6016 (19%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB will be quite a bit (about 164%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 10000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16400 (164%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 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 1.5GB

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GeForce GT 220 GDDR3

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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 GT 220 GDDR3
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 October 2009
Code Name G92 GT216
Memory 1536 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 transported past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better 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 are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

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.

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