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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB vs GeForce GTX 580 3GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB features a clock speed of 550 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 800 MHz. It also features a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 580 3GB, which has a GPU core clock speed of 772 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1002 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also features 512 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 84 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 244 Watts
Difference: 160 Watts (190%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 580 3GB should in theory be quite a bit superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 192384 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 153984 (401%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB should be a lot (approximately 87%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 49408 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 23008 (87%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 580 3GB is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 37056 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 30456 (461%)

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 384MB GeForce GTX 580 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 November 2010
Code Name G92 GF110
Memory 384 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 772 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 4008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 244 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 192384 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 49408 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 37056 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 512
Texture Mapping Units 48 64
Render Output Units 12 48
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

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GeForce GTX 580 3GB

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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