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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB vs GeForce GT 230

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB comes with a GPU core speed of 550 MHz, and the 384 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 800 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GT 230, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 550 MHz. The DDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 800 MHz on this particular card. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 230 65 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 84 Watts
Difference: 19 Watts (29%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same memory bandwidth, so in theory they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB is much (more or less 200%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 230. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 230 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 17600 (200%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB should be much (more or less 50%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 230, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 6600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 230 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2200 (50%)

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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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB GeForce GT 230
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 October 2009
Code Name G92 GT218
Memory 384 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 38400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 8800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 4400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 32
Texture Mapping Units 48 16
Render Output Units 12 8
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 192-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 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the 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 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 figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

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GeForce GT 230

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