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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 64 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which features core clock speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1026 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 192 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 95 Watts
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
Difference: 21 Watts (22%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti should theoretically be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 40896 (71%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti is a lot (approximately 38%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8000 (38%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is superior to the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11200 (108%)

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

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

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GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Amazon.com

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

Model GeForce 9600 GT 512MB GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 March 2011
Code Name G94a/b GF116
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 900 MHz
Shader Speed 1625 MHz 1800 MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective) 1026 MHz (4104 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 64 192
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 16 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 192-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 116 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 98496 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 21600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that 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 amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

Comments

4 Responses to “GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti”
Kris Kennedy says:
This has been very usefull. Thank you making this. It's exactly the upgrade I am looking at.
Steven says:
This has been really helpful tool to test my Gcards without taking them off the system thank you
Curunir says:
Great tool! I actually upgraded from a 9600GT 512 to a GTX 550 Ti and the difference is amazing.
marc says:
wow thanks i actually have a 9600gt 256 and i will go for gtx 550 ti . thankss

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