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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs GeForce GT 210

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 has a GPU core speed of 550 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 memory is set to run at 500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 210, which features GPU clock speed of 589 MHz, and 512 MB of DDR3 memory set to run at 800 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is made up of 16 Stream Processors, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 210 31 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 84 Watts
Difference: 53 Watts (171%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should perform much faster than the GeForce GT 210 overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 16000 MB/sec
GeForce GT 210 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is a lot (more or less 460%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 210. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 210 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 21688 (460%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 will be quite a bit (about 180%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 210, and capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 210 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4244 (180%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 GeForce GT 210
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 2008 October 2009
Code Name G92 GT218
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 589 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 31 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 4712 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 2356 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 16
Texture Mapping Units 48 8
Render Output Units 12 4
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 260 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 data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better 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 processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock 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 also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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GeForce GT 210

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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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