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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB has a GPU core clock speed of 650 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, which comes with a core clock frequency of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 500 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is comprised of 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, 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

In theory, the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB should be a lot faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 in general. (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 is just a bit (more or less 18%) more effective at AF 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

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB is a lot (approximately 58%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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.

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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 largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better 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 can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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