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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs GeForce 9800 GT 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 features a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 memory runs at 500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB, which comes with core clock speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 112 SPUs along with 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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB is 260% faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (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 is quite a bit (approximately 27%) better 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 running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB is the winner, by a large margin. (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.

Price Comparison

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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 information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated 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 is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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