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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 memory bandwidth 105.98 GB/s vs 57.6 GB/s Around 85% higher memory bandwidth
Better floating-point performance 856.4 GFLOPS vs 208 GFLOPS More than 4x better floating-point performance
Much wider memory bus 512 bit vs 256 bit 2x wider memory bus
More render output processors 32 vs 16 Twice as many render output processors
Higher pixel rate 21.4 GPixel/s vs 10.4 GPixel/s More than 2x higher pixel rate
More shading units 640 vs 64 576 more shading units
Front view of GeForce GT 9600

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Nvidia GeForce GT 9600

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Slightly higher memory clock speed 900 MHz vs 828 MHz Around 10% higher memory clock speed
Lower TDP 95W vs 140W More than 30% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 3850 X2 vs GeForce GT 9600

PassMark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performanceData courtesy Passmark

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

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

Radeon HD 3850 X2
105.98 GB/s
GeForce GT 9600
57.6 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 GT 9600
10.4 GPixel/s

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

Radeon HD 3850 X2
21.4 GTexel/s
GeForce GT 9600
20.8 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

Radeon HD 3850 X2
856.4 GFLOPS
GeForce GT 9600
208 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

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