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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs Radeon HD 5830

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a speed of 800 MHz on this model. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 12 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 5830, which has GPU clock speed of 800 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1120(224x5) SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 84 Watts
Radeon HD 5830 175 Watts
Difference: 91 Watts (108%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 5830 should in theory be a lot better than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 128000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 89600 (233%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5830 should be a lot (approximately 70%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 44800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18400 (70%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5830 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 12800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6200 (94%)

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 Radeon HD 5830
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2008 February 25, 2010
Code Name G92 Cypress LE
Memory 1536 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 44800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 1120(224x5)
Texture Mapping Units 48 56
Render Output Units 12 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

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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.

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