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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 5450

Reasons to consider the
ATi Radeon HD 5450

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Significantly higher clock speed 650 MHz vs 430 MHz More than 50% higher clock speed
Front view of GeForce 9600M GS

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce 9600M GS

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Higher effective memory clock speed 1,600 MHz vs 800 MHz 2x higher effective memory clock speed
More memory 1,024 MB vs 512 MB 2x more memory
Significantly higher memory clock speed 800 MHz vs 400 MHz 2x higher memory clock speed
Wider memory bus 128 bit vs 64 bit 2x wider memory bus

Features Key features of the Radeon HD 5450  vs GeForce 9600M GS 

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

Radeon HD 5450
6.4 GB/s
GeForce 9600M GS
25.6 GB/s
These chips are still based on Kepler (600-series), but feature more CUDA cores, more memory, a wider memory bus, and faster clockspeeds.
GeForce 9600M GS | by Tim-Verry (Jun, 2013)

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

Radeon HD 5450
2.6 GPixel/s
GeForce 9600M GS
3.44 GPixel/s
At the high end, NVIDIA has the GTX 780M with 1,536 CUDA cores, a base clock of 823 MHz, and 4GB of GDDR5 memory (1250 MHz) on a 256-bit bus.
GeForce 9600M GS | by Tim-Verry (Jun, 2013)

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

Radeon HD 5450
5.2 GTexel/s
GeForce 9600M GS
6.88 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

Radeon HD 5450
104 GFLOPS
GeForce 9600M GS
68.8 GFLOPS
This is a no brainer, the MSI GS70 has double the ram at nearly half the price, though Gamers are probably saturated at 8GB ram, it would make a helluva difference for Video Editors and Render-Intensive applications on the go.
GeForce 9600M GS | by Usman-Pirzada (Aug, 2013)

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

Radeon HD 5450  vs
GeForce 9600M GS 
GPU brand ATi Nvidia
GPU name Cedar G96
Market Desktop Laptop
Clock speed 650 MHz 430 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card None None

raw performance

Shading units 80 32
Texture mapping units 8 16
Render output processors 4 8
Pixel rate 2.6 GPixel/s 3.44 GPixel/s
Texture rate 5.2 GTexel/s 6.88 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 104 GFLOPS 68.8 GFLOPS

memory

Radeon HD 5450  vs
GeForce 9600M GS 
Memory clock speed 400 MHz 800 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 800 MHz 1,600 MHz
Memory bus 64 bit 128 bit
Memory 512 MB 1,024 MB
Memory type DDR2 GDDR3
Memory bandwidth 6.4 GB/s 25.6 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 19W 20W

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