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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs Radeon HD 5830

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB features a GPU clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 1536 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 800 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 5830, which features a core clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 1120(224x5) SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 5830 is 233% quicker than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5830 is a lot (about 70%) better 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 resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5830 is superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB, by far. (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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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 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

Amazon.com

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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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