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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs Radeon HD 5830

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB comes with a clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 64 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 5830, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular card. It features 1120(224x5) SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 95 Watts
Radeon HD 5830 175 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (84%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 5830 should theoretically be quite a bit better than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 128000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 70400 (122%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5830 should be quite a bit (approximately 115%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 44800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 24000 (115%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5830 is superior to the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 12800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2400 (23%)

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 GT 512MB Radeon HD 5830
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 February 25, 2010
Code Name G94a/b Cypress LE
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 44800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 1120(224x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 56
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 505 million 2154 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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