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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB has a clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 64 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which comes with a core clock speed of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1026 MHz. It also features a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 192 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 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 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 40896 (71%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti is much (about 38%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 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 1GB, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 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 1GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 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 1024 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 maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, 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 that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out 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 drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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