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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs Radeon HD 4770

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4770, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 750 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 800 MHz on this card. It features 640(128x5) SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4770 80 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (13%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB will be 13% quicker than the Radeon HD 4770 overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4770 51200 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (13%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB will be much (approximately 30%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4770. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4770 24000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7200 (30%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4770 is the winner, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

Radeon HD 4770 12000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1600 (15%)

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 HD 4770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2008 Apr 28, 2009
Code Name G94a/b RV740
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 51200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 12000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 640(128x5)
Texture Mapping Units 48 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 505 million 826 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, 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 amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

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