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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB vs GeForce GTX 580 3GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB features clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 384 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 12 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 580 3GB, which comes with a core clock speed of 772 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1002 MHz. It also makes use of a 384-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 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

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB should theoretically perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB overall. (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 much (approximately 87%) more effective at AF 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

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB should be quite a bit (approximately 461%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB, and able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (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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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

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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 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

Amazon.com

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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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