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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB features a GPU core clock speed of 650 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 64 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which features GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1026 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 192 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

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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 perform 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 will be much (more or less 38%) better at 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 using lots of anti-aliasing 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

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

Amazon.com

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

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Model GeForce 9600 GT 1GB GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 March 2011
Code Name G94a/b GF116
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4104 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 116 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 98496 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 21600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 192
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 16 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 505 million 1170 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once 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 AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. 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 of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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