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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 5830

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 900 MHz on this model. It features 64 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5830, which features core speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1120(224x5) SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 95 Watts
Radeon HD 5830 175 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (84%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 5830 will be 122% quicker than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 128000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 70400 (122%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5830 will be a lot (about 115%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 44800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 24000 (115%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5830 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 12800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2400 (23%)

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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Radeon HD 5830

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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 Radeon HD 5830
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 February 25, 2010
Code Name G94a/b Cypress LE
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 44800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 1120(224x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 56
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 505 million 2154 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated 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 texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of 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 is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

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Radeon HD 5830

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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