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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB features a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 1536 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 800 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 960M, which has clock speeds of 1096 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 960M 65 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 84 Watts
Difference: 19 Watts (29%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 960M should in theory perform much faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 25600 (67%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M is quite a bit (approximately 66%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 43840 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 17440 (66%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M will be much (about 166%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 17536 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10936 (166%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB GeForce GTX 960M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 March 12 2015
Code Name G92 GM107
Memory 1536 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 1096 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 43840 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 17536 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 640
Texture Mapping Units 48 40
Render Output Units 12 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. 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 is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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