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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB comes with a GPU core speed of 650 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 Stream Processors, 48 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, which has core clock 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.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 84 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Difference: 6 Watts (7%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB should be 260% faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB will be a bit (approximately 18%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4800 (18%)

Pixel Rate

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

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3800 (58%)

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 512MB GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2008 September 2008
Code Name G94a/b G92
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts 84 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 26400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 96
Texture Mapping Units 48 48
Render Output Units 16 12
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR2
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 65 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better 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 can be applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. 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 rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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