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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce 9800 GTX+

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB features a core clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce 9800 GTX+, which features a clock speed of 738 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 1100 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is made up of 128 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
GeForce 9800 GTX+ 145 Watts
Difference: 55 Watts (61%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9800 GTX+ should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB in general. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX+ 70400 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (22%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GTX+ should be quite a bit (approximately 51%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX+ 47232 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16032 (51%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GTX+ should be a little bit (approximately 14%) better at FSAA than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB, and capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX+ 11808 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1408 (14%)

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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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB GeForce 9800 GTX+
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2008 July 2008
Code Name G94a/b G92b
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 738 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 2200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts 145 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 70400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 47232 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 11808 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 128
Texture Mapping Units 48 64
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 55 nm
Transistors 505 million 754 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

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GeForce 9800 GTX+

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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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