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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs Radeon R9 M265X

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The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB has a clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 M265X, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 575 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1125 MHz on this particular card. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 M265X will be 25% faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon R9 M265X 72000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 14400 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB should be a lot (approximately 36%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon R9 M265X. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M265X 23000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8200 (36%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB is a better choice, but not by far. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M265X 9200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1200 (13%)

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 512MB Radeon R9 M265X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2008 May 1 2014
Code Name G94a/b Venus Pro
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 575 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 23000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 9200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 640
Texture Mapping Units 48 40
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 (Unknown) 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 largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher 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 one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few 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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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

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