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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB vs Radeon HD 4670 1GB

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The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB features a core clock frequency of 550 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 800 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit memory bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is comprised of 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 ROPs.

Compare all of 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 RAM. It features 320(64x5) SPUs as well as 32 TAUs 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 768MB 84 Watts
Difference: 14 Watts (20%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB should perform a small bit faster than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 38400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4670 1GB 35200 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (9%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB will be a bit (more or less 10%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4670 1GB 24000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2400 (10%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB will be a small bit (about 10%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 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 768MB Radeon HD 4670 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2008 Sep 10, 2008
Code Name G92 RV730 XT
Memory 768 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 max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface 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 card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to 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 bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB

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Radeon HD 4670 1GB

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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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