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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs GeForce 9800 GT 512MB

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The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 comes with core speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 500 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 Texture Address Units and 12 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB, which has core speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 84 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
Difference: 21 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB, in theory, should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 overall. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 41600 (260%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB will be quite a bit (approximately 27%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7200 (27%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB is superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3000 (45%)

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 ASUS 512 GeForce 9800 GT 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 2008 July 2008
Code Name G92 G92a/b
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 600 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 105 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 33600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 9600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 112
Texture Mapping Units 48 56
Render Output Units 12 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 65/55 nm
Transistors 754 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant 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 maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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