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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 7470

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 7470

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Much higher effective memory clock speed 3,600 MHz vs 532 MHz More than 6.8x higher effective memory clock speed
Higher clock speed 750 MHz vs 600 MHz 25% higher clock speed
Much higher memory clock speed 900 MHz vs 266 MHz Around 3.5x higher memory clock speed
Lower TDP 27W vs 95W 3.5x lower TDP
Front view of GeForce GT 9600 Mac

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Nvidia GeForce GT 9600 Mac

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Significantly wider memory bus 256 bit vs 64 bit 4x wider memory bus
More render output processors 16 vs 4 12 more render output processors
More texture mapping units 32 vs 8 24 more texture mapping units

Features Key features of the Radeon HD 7470  vs GeForce GT 9600 Mac 

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

Radeon HD 7470
28.8 GB/s
GeForce GT 9600 Mac
17.02 GB/s

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

Radeon HD 7470
3 GPixel/s
GeForce GT 9600 Mac
9.6 GPixel/s

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

Radeon HD 7470
6 GTexel/s
GeForce GT 9600 Mac
19.2 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

Radeon HD 7470
240 GFLOPS
GeForce GT 9600 Mac
192 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

Radeon HD 7470  vs
GeForce GT 9600 Mac 
GPU brand AMD Nvidia
GPU name Caicos XT G94
Market Desktop Desktop
Clock speed 750 MHz 600 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card None None

raw performance

Shading units 160 64
Texture mapping units 8 32
Render output processors 4 16
Pixel rate 3 GPixel/s 9.6 GPixel/s
Texture rate 6 GTexel/s 19.2 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 240 GFLOPS 192 GFLOPS

memory

Radeon HD 7470  vs
GeForce GT 9600 Mac 
Memory clock speed 900 MHz 266 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 3,600 MHz 532 MHz
Memory bus 64 bit 256 bit
Memory 1,024 MB 1,024 MB
Memory type GDDR5 DDR2
Memory bandwidth 28.8 GB/s 17.02 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 27W 95W

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