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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce GT 240 GDDR5

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5, which comes with core clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 850 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 96 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 70 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (29%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB should perform a small bit faster than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 in general. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 54400 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (6%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB will be a lot (approximately 77%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13600 (77%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB is superior to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6000 (136%)

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 512MB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB GeForce GT 240 GDDR5
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2008 Novermber 2009
Code Name G94a/b GT215
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3400 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts 70 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 54400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 17600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 4400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 96
Texture Mapping Units 48 32
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 505 million 289 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video 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 can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called 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 of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5

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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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