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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs Radeon HD 5830

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The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 has a GPU core speed of 550 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 memory is set to run at 500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 96 Stream Processors, 48 TAUs, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 5830, which has a clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 1120(224x5) SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 84 Watts
Radeon HD 5830 175 Watts
Difference: 91 Watts (108%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 5830 should in theory perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 128000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 112000 (700%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5830 is quite a bit (approximately 70%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 44800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18400 (70%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5830 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 12800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6200 (94%)

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 ASUS 512 Radeon HD 5830
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2008 February 25, 2010
Code Name G92 Cypress LE
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 44800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 1120(224x5)
Texture Mapping Units 48 56
Render Output Units 12 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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