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Graphics Chip Comparison And Test Configuration

Four GeForce 9600 GT Cards Compared
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To make it easier to compare the performance of the different graphic chips and generations, we provide additional results for Nvidia’s GeForce 8, 9800 GTX, and GTX 260, and AMD’s Radeon 38x0 and 48x0. The GeForce 9600 GT and Radeon 4870 are tested with two different driver versions to make it easier to see the differences upon updating from ForceWare 175.16 to GeForce 177.92, or from Catalyst 8.6 to 8.8.

The Asus EN9600GT Silent with 512 MB runs at the Nvidia standard clock speeds, just like the reference 9600 GT with 1 GB. MSI slightly increases graphics processor (GPU) and shader speeds, while Palit and Sparkle increase GPU, shader, and graphics memory speeds.

Nvidia Graphics Cards
Card Manufacturer and Chip Code name Memory GPU Speed Shader Memory Speed SPs
GeForce GTX 260 GT200 896 GDDR3 576 MHz 4.0, 1242 MHz 1998 MHz 192
GeForce 9800 GTX G92 512 MB GDDR3 675 MHz 4.0, 1688 MHz 2200 MHz 128
GeForce 9600 GT SLI G94 1024 MB GDDR3 650 MHz 4.0, 1625 MHz 1800 MHz 64
GeForce 9600 GT G94 1024 MB GDDR3 650 MHz 4.0, 1625 MHz 1800 MHz 64
Asus GeForce 9600 GT G94 512 MB GDDR3 650 MHz 4.0, 1625 MHz 1800 MHz 64
MSI GeForce 9600 GT G94 1024 MB GDDR3 700 MHz 4.0, 1680 MHz 1800 MHz 64
Palit GeForce 9600 GT G94 1024 MB GDDR3 700 MHz 4.0, 1750 MHz 2000 MHz 64
Sparkle GeForce 9600 GT G94 512 MB GDDR3 700 MHz 4.0, 1850 MHz 2000 MHz 64
GeForce 8800 GTS G92 512 MB GDDR3 650 MHz 4.0, 1625 MHz 1944 MHz 128
GeForce 8800 GT G92 512 MB GDDR3 600 MHz 4.0, 1500 MHz 1800 MHz 112
GeForce 8800 GTX G80 768 MB GDDR3 576 MHz 4.0, 1350 MHz 1800 MHz 128
GeForce 8800 GTS G80 640 MB GDDR3 500 MHz 4.0, 1188 MHz 1600 MHz 96
GeForce 8800 GTS G80 320 MB GDDR3 500 MHz 4.0, 1188 MHz 1600 MHz 96

Card Manufacturer and Chip Memory Bus Manufacturing Process Transistors Interface
GeForce GTX 260 448 Bit 65 nm 1400 MB PCIe 2.0
GeForce 9800 GTX 256 Bit 65 nm 754 MB PCIe 2.0
GeForce 9600 GT SLI 256 Bit 65 nm 505 MB PCIe 2.0
GeForce 9600 GT 256 Bit 65 nm 505 MB PCIe 2.0
Asus GeForce 9600 GT 256 Bit 65 nm 505 MB PCIe 2.0
MSI GeForce 9600 GT 256 Bit 65 nm 505 MB PCIe 2.0
Palit GeForce 9600 GT 256 Bit 65 nm 505 MB PCIe 2.0
Sparkle GeForce 9600 GT 256 Bit 65 nm 505 MB PCIe 2.0
GeForce 8800 GTS 256 Bit 65 nm 754 MB PCIe 2.0
GeForce 8800 GT 256 Bit 65 nm 754 MB PCIe 2.0
GeForce 8800 GTX 384 Bit 90 nm 681 MB PCIe 1
GeForce 8800 GTS 320 Bit 90 nm 681 MB PCIe 1
GeForce 8800 GTS 320 Bit 90 nm 681 MB PCIe 1

AMD Graphics Cards
Card Manufacturer and Chip Code name Memory GPU Speed Shader Memory Speed SPs
Radeon HD 4870 RV770 512 MB GDDR5 750 MHz 4.1 3600 MHz 800
Radeon HD 4850 CF RV770 512 MB GDDR3 625 MHz 4.1 1986 MHz 800
Radeon HD 4850 RV770 512 MB GDDR3 625 MHz 4.1 1986 MHz 800
Radeon HD 3870 RV670 512 MB GDDR4 775 MHz 4.1 2252 MHz 320
Radeon HD 3850 RV670 256 MB GDDR3 670 MHz 4.1 1658 MHz 320

Card Manufacturer and Chip Memory Bus Manufacturing Process Transistors Interface
Radeon HD 4870 256 Bit 55 nm 965 MB PCIe 2.0
Radeon HD 4850 CF 256 Bit 55 nm 965 MB PCIe 2.0
Radeon HD 4850 256 Bit 55 nm 965 MB PCIe 2.0
Radeon HD 3870 256 Bit 55 nm 666 MB PCIe 2.0
Radeon HD 3850 256 Bit 55 nm 666 MB PCIe 2.0

Memory clock speed=DDR clock speed doubled; physical clock speed is one half
DDR5 clock speed quadrupled; physical clock speed is one quarter
SPs=Stream-Processors, P and V=Pixel shader and Vertex shader
TC=Turbo Cache
HM=Hyper Memory
OC=overclocked (clock speed higher than standard)
SLI=Parallel mode with 2 Nvidia Cards
3SLI=Parallel mode with 3 Nvidia graphics chips
4SLI=Parallel mode with 4 Nvidia graphics chips
CF=CrossFire Parallel mode with 2 AMD cards
3CF=CrossFire Parallel mode with 3 AMD graphics chips
4CF=CrossFire Parallel mode with 4 AMD graphics chips
R680=2xRV670
Shader 2.0=DirectX 9.0; 3.0=DirectX 9.0c; 4.0=DirectX 10; Shader 4.1=DirectX 10.1

Nvidia Single graphics card, AMD Single and CrossFire graphics cards
CPU Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 @ 2.93 GHz (11x266 MHz),
Socket 775, 1.28 V, 65 nm, 4 MB L2 Cache
FSB 1066 MHz (4x266 MHz)
Motherboard Asus P5E3 Deluxe, PCIe 2.0 2x16, ICH9R
Chip set Intel X38
Memory 2x 1 GB Ballistix (Crucial Technology) 1.5 V
DDR3 1066 7-7-7-20 (2x533 MHz)
Audio Intel High Definition Audio
LAN Intel 1000 Pro
Hard Drives Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500 GB, S-ATA, 16 MB Cache
Hitachi 120 GB, S-ATA, 8 MB Cache
DVD Gigabyte GO-D1600C
Power Supply CoolerMaster RS-850-EMBA 850 W

Nvidia SLI Graphics Cards
Motherboard Asus P5N-T Deluxe, PCIe 2.0 2x16
Chip set Nvidia nForce 780i SLI
Memory 2x1 GB, A-Data Technology 1.8 Volt, DDR2 800 5-5-5-18 (2x400 MHz)
Audio ADI 1988B SoundMax
LAN Marvell 88E1116 Gigabit Ethernet

Drivers & Configuration
Graphic AMD Catalyst 8.6 and 8.8
Nvidia ForceWare 175.16, GTX 260 ForceWare 177.39, 9600 GT ForceWare 175.16 and GeForce 177.92
Operating System Windows Vista Enterprise SP1
DirectX 10 und 10.1
Chip Set Driver X38 Intel 8.3.1.1009
780i Nvidia nForce 9.64

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