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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB has a clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 64 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 260X, which comes with core clock speeds of 1100 MHz on the GPU, and 1625 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 896 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 95 Watts
Radeon R7 260X 115 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (21%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R7 260X should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB overall. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 104000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 46400 (81%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X should be a lot (about 196%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 61600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 40800 (196%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X is quite a bit (approximately 69%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB, and also able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 17600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7200 (69%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GT 512MB Radeon R7 260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 October 2013
Code Name G94a/b Bonaire XTX
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 6500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 115 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 104000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 61600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 896
Texture Mapping Units 32 56
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 505 million 2080 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster 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 processed per second. This figure 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 handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

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Radeon R7 260X

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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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