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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB vs Radeon HD 4670 1GB

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The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB has a clock speed of 550 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 800 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 4670 1GB, which features clock speeds of 750 MHz on the GPU, and 1100 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2 memory. It features 320(64x5) SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4670 1GB 70 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 84 Watts
Difference: 14 Watts (20%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB should be a little bit faster than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 38400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4670 1GB 35200 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (9%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB should be a small bit (about 10%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4670 1GB 24000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2400 (10%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB is a better choice, but not by far. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4670 1GB 6000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 600 (10%)

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 384MB Radeon HD 4670 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2008 Sep 10, 2008
Code Name G92 RV730 XT
Memory 384 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 2200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 70 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 35200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 6000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 320(64x5)
Texture Mapping Units 48 32
Render Output Units 12 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 55 nm
Transistors 754 million 514 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16, AGP 8x
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

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Radeon HD 4670 1GB

Amazon.com

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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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