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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 3850 X2

Reasons to consider the
ATi Radeon HD 3850 X2

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Is dual GPU Yes vs No About half of graphics cards are dual GPU
Higher clock speed 669 MHz vs 500 MHz Around 35% higher clock speed
Higher memory bandwidth 105.98 GB/s vs 25.6 GB/s Around 4.2x higher memory bandwidth
Higher pixel rate 21.4 GPixel/s vs 4 GPixel/s More than 5.2x higher pixel rate
More render output processors 32 vs 8 24 more render output processors
Slightly better floating-point performance 856.4 GFLOPS vs 80 GFLOPS Around 10.8x better floating-point performance
More shading units 640 vs 32 608 more shading units
Wider memory bus 512 bit vs 128 bit 4x wider memory bus
Front view of GeForce 9600M GT

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT

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Significantly lower TDP 23W vs 140W 6.1x lower TDP

Features Key features of the Radeon HD 3850 X2  vs GeForce 9600M GT 

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

Radeon HD 3850 X2
105.98 GB/s
GeForce 9600M GT
25.6 GB/s

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

Radeon HD 3850 X2
21.4 GPixel/s
GeForce 9600M GT
4 GPixel/s

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

Radeon HD 3850 X2
21.4 GTexel/s
GeForce 9600M GT
8 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

Radeon HD 3850 X2
856.4 GFLOPS
GeForce 9600M GT

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


Radeon HD 3850 X2  vs
GeForce 9600M GT 
GPU brand ATI Nvidia
GPU name RV670 G96
Market Desktop Laptop
Clock speed 669 MHz 500 MHz
Is dual GPU Yes No
Reference card None None

raw performance

Shading units 640 32
Texture mapping units 32 16
Render output processors 32 8
Pixel rate 21.4 GPixel/s 4 GPixel/s
Texture rate 21.4 GTexel/s 8 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 856.4 GFLOPS 80 GFLOPS


Radeon HD 3850 X2  vs
GeForce 9600M GT 
Memory clock speed 828 MHz 800 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 1,656 MHz 1,600 MHz
Memory bus 512 bit 128 bit
Memory 1,024 MB 512 MB
Memory type GDDR3 GDDR3
Memory bandwidth 105.98 GB/s 25.6 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 140W 23W


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