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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB vs Radeon R9 M270X

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB comes with a core clock frequency of 550 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 800 MHz. It also features a 192-bit bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 M270X, which comes with GPU core speed of 725 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 640 Stream Processors, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon R9 M270X should theoretically be a lot better than the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 M270X 72000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 33600 (88%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M270X is a bit (about 10%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB. (explain)

Radeon R9 M270X 29000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2600 (10%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M270X is superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB, by far. (explain)

Radeon R9 M270X 11600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5000 (76%)

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 384MB Radeon R9 M270X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2008 May 1 2014
Code Name G92 Venus XT
Memory 384 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 725 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 29000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 11600 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 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high 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 texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

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Radeon R9 M270X

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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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