Select any two GPUs for comparison

Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 250X GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB
Red Dead Redemption 2 312% 1102%
Cyberpunk 2077 465% 1552%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 154% 642%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 465% 1552%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 312% 1102%
Doom Eternal 254% 934%
FIFA 20 119% 540%
Grand Theft Auto VI 529% 1737%
Need For Speed Heat 312% 1102%
Halo: Reach 31% 282%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 250X are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB.

The Radeon R7 250X has a 300 MHz higher core clock speed but 8 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the 9600 GSO. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the Radeon R7 250X manages to provide 6.8 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Radeon R7 250X has a 300 MHz higher core clock speed and 4 more Render Output Units than the 9600 GSO. This results in the Radeon R7 250X providing 7.4 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon R7 250X was released over three years more recently than the 9600 GSO, and so the Radeon R7 250X is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the 9600 GSO when running the latest games.

The Radeon R7 250X has 1536 MB more video memory than the 9600 GSO, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon R7 250X also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon R7 250X has 28.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 9600 GSO, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon R7 250X is slightly better than the 9600 GSO.

The Radeon R7 250X has 640 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB has 48. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 250X is 517 and the actual shader performance of the 9600 GSO is 78. The Radeon R7 250X having 439 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon R7 250X delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the 9600 GSO.

The Radeon R7 250X transistor size technology is 37 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 9600 GSO. This means that the Radeon R7 250X is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 9600 GSO.

The Radeon R7 250X requires 80 Watts to run and the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB requires 90 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Radeon R7 250X and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the 9600 GSO. The 9600 GSO requires 10 Watts more than the Radeon R7 250X to run. The difference is not significant enough for the 9600 GSO to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the Radeon R7 250X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed950 MHzvs650 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Cape Verde XTG92
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs -
Release Date10 Feb 2014vs01 Oct 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

green tick vs -
green tick vs -
green tick vs -
green tick vs -
green tick vs -

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed1125 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth72GB/secvs43.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs48
Actual Shader Performance25%vs4%
Texture Mapping Units40vs48
Texture Rate38 GTexel/svs31.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs12
Pixel Rate15.2 GPixel/svs7.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power80 Wattsvs90 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 20 Ampsvs400 Watts & 26 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.4vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R7 250X is a fast-middle-class Graphics Card based on the Graphics Core Next architecture. It offers the Cape Verde XT GPU.
The Cape Verde XT Core is a GCN 1.1 GPU and was first seen on Radeon HD 7770 and then re-used in the OEM only Radeon HD 8760.
It offers 640 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs, on a 128-bits memory interface of fast GDDR5.
Radeon R7 250X comes clocked at 950MHz (though there might be some 1GHz versions) and has its operating memory clock set at 1125MHz. The rated TDP board is of 80W and the release price around $99.
This card should come in 1GB and 2GB versions, though both will offer the same performance.
Its performance has proven to be exactly like Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition (if clocked at 1GHz) and thus this card is not suited for 1080p gaming but it can handle 720p with ease. The 950MHz versions will be around 3% slower.
The NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GSO 512 GPU offers a powerfully immersive entertainment experience designed for extreme high-definition gaming and video playback. Play the hottest DirectX 10 games with awesome speed and watch the latest HD DVD and Blu-ray movies with brilliant clarity. Featuring next generation GeForce and PureVideo HD technologies, the GeForce 9600 GSO 512 GPU puts amazing graphics performance within your reach.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
GPU Variants