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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs GeForce GT 440 1.5GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB comes with a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 1536 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 800 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 Stream Processors, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB, which has a clock speed of 594 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 144 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 24 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 56 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 84 Watts
Difference: 28 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB is 13% quicker than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 43200 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 4800 (13%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB is a lot (approximately 85%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 14256 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12144 (85%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB is superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 14256 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7656 (116%)

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 1.5GB GeForce GT 440 1.5GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 October 2010
Code Name G92 GF106
Memory 1536 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 594 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 56 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 43200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 14256 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 14256 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 144
Texture Mapping Units 48 24
Render Output Units 12 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 1170 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per 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. The number is calculated by multiplying the number 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 rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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