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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs Radeon R9 270X

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB has core clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 270X, which comes with GPU clock speed of 1000 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1400 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Radeon R9 270X 180 Watts
Difference: 90 Watts (100%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 270X should in theory be much faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 270X 179200 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 121600 (211%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 270X will be much (more or less 156%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB. (explain)

Radeon R9 270X 80000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 48800 (156%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R9 270X is the winner, by far. (explain)

Radeon R9 270X 32000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 21600 (208%)

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 GSO 512MB Radeon R9 270X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2008 October 2013
Code Name G94a/b Curacao XT
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts 180 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 80000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 32000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 1280
Texture Mapping Units 48 80
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 505 million 2800 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must 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, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

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Radeon R9 270X

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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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