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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs GeForce GT 310

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 features a clock frequency of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 500 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 12 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GT 310, which has core clock speeds of 589 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR2 memory. It features 16 SPUs as well as 8 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 310 31 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 84 Watts
Difference: 53 Watts (171%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is quite a bit (about 460%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 310. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 310 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 21688 (460%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is a lot (about 180%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 310, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 310 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4244 (180%)

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 GT 310
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 2008 November 2009
Code Name G92 GT218
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 589 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 31 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 4712 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 2356 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 16
Texture Mapping Units 48 8
Render Output Units 12 4
Bus Type DDR2 DDR2
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 260 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially 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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