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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB vs Radeon R9 270X

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB has a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 768 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 800 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 96 Stream Processors, 48 TAUs, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 270X, which comes with a core clock frequency of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1400 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 84 Watts
Radeon R9 270X 180 Watts
Difference: 96 Watts (114%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 270X should theoretically be a lot faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 270X 179200 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 140800 (367%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 270X should be quite a bit (more or less 203%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB. (explain)

Radeon R9 270X 80000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 53600 (203%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 270X should be quite a bit (approximately 385%) better at AA than the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB, and also capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon R9 270X 32000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 25400 (385%)

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 768MB Radeon R9 270X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2008 October 2013
Code Name G92 Curacao XT
Memory 768 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 180 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 80000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 32000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 1280
Texture Mapping Units 48 80
Render Output Units 12 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 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 largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's 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 processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. 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 rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB

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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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