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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce 9700M GT

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce 9700M GT

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Higher clock speed 625 MHz vs 500 MHz 25% higher clock speed
Front view of GeForce 9600M GT

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Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT

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Lower TDP 23W vs 45W Around 50% lower TDP

Features Key features of the GeForce 9700M GT  vs 9600M GT 

memory bandwidth Rate at which data can be read from or stored in onboard memory

GeForce 9700M GT
25.6 GB/s
GeForce 9600M GT
25.6 GB/s

pixel rate Number of pixels a graphics card can render to the screen every second

GeForce 9700M GT
5 GPixel/s
GeForce 9600M GT
4 GPixel/s

texture rate Speed at which a graphics card can perform texture mapping

GeForce 9700M GT
10 GTexel/s
GeForce 9600M GT
8 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

GeForce 9700M GT
99.2 GFLOPS
GeForce 9600M GT
80 GFLOPS

shading units Subcomponents of the gpu, these run in parallel to enable fast pixel shading

texture mapping units Built into each gpu, these resize and rotate bitmaps for texturing scenes

Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

GeForce 9700M GT  vs
9600M GT 
GPU brand Nvidia Nvidia
GPU name G96 G96
Market Laptop Laptop
Clock speed 625 MHz 500 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card None None

raw performance

Shading units 32 32
Texture mapping units 16 16
Render output processors 8 8
Pixel rate 5 GPixel/s 4 GPixel/s
Texture rate 10 GTexel/s 8 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 99.2 GFLOPS 80 GFLOPS

memory

GeForce 9700M GT  vs
9600M GT 
Memory clock speed 800 MHz 800 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 1,600 MHz 1,600 MHz
Memory bus 128 bit 128 bit
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Memory type GDDR3 GDDR3
Memory bandwidth 25.6 GB/s 25.6 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 45W 23W

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