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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB vs GeForce GT 1030

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB comes with a clock speed of 550 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 800 MHz. It also features a 192-bit memory bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is comprised of 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 12 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GT 1030, which has core clock speeds of 1265 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 1030 30 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 84 Watts
Difference: 54 Watts (180%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GT 1030 should be 28% quicker than the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 49152 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 10752 (28%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 will be a lot (more or less 53%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 40480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14080 (53%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GT 1030 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 20240 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13640 (207%)

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 768MB GeForce GT 1030
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 May 2017
Code Name G92 GP108-300
Memory 768 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 1265 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 30 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 49152 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 40480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 20240 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 384
Texture Mapping Units 48 32
Render Output Units 12 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 16 nm
Transistors 754 million 3300 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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