GeForce 9600 GT vs Radeon HD 7870 XT

GeForce 9600 GT
Memory: 512Mb GDDR3DESKTOP
Release date: 21 Feb 2008
GeForce 9600 GT
Radeon HD 7870 XT
Memory: 2048Mb GDDR5DESKTOP
Release date: 19 Nov 2012
Radeon HD 7870 XT


Reasons to consider GeForce 9600 GT

90 watts lower power draw. This might be a strong point if your current power supply is not enough to handle the Radeon HD 7870 XT .
Based on an outdated architecture (Nvidia Tesla), there are no performance optimizations for current games and applications.
PhysX support, however PhysX performance on newest games may be poor.

Reasons to consider Radeon HD 7870 XT

This is a much newer product, it might have better long term support.
Higher theoretical gaming performance, based on specifications.
Supports Direct3D 12 Async Compute.
Supports ReLive (allows game streaming/recording with minimum performance penalty).
Supports Mantle.

Radeon HD 7870 XT

HWBench recommends Radeon HD 7870 XT

Based on theoretical specifications.


Core Configuration

GeForce 9600 GTRadeon HD 7870 XT
GPU NameG94 (G94-300-A1)vsTahiti (Tahiti LE)
Fab Process65 nmvs28 nm
Die Size240 mm²vs352 mm²
Transistors505 millionvs4,313 million
Compute Units4vs24
Core clock650 MHzvs925 MHz

Memory Configuration

GeForce 9600 GTRadeon HD 7870 XT
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR5
Bus Width256 bitvs256 bit
Memory Speed900 MHz
1800 MHz effective
vs1500 MHz
6000 MHz effective
Memory Size512 Mbvs2048 Mb

Additional details

GeForce 9600 GTRadeon HD 7870 XT
TDP95 wattsvs185 watts
Release Date21 Feb 2008vs19 Nov 2012

Raw Performance comparison

Pixel Rate

  • GeForce 9600 GT
    10.40 GP/s
  • Radeon HD 7870 XT
    29.60 GP/s

GigaPixels - higher is better

Texel Rate

  • GeForce 9600 GT
    20.80 GT/s
  • Radeon HD 7870 XT
    88.80 GT/s

GigaTexels - higher is better

Memory bandwidth

  • GeForce 9600 GT
    57.60 GB/s
  • Radeon HD 7870 XT
    192.00 GB/s

GB/s - higher is better

Single precision performance

  • GeForce 9600 GT
    208.00 GFLOPs
  • Radeon HD 7870 XT
    2842.00 GFLOPs

GFLOPs - higher is better