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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 9600 GSO Radeon HD 3850 AGP
Halo: Reach 305% 229%
Cyberpunk 2077 1650% 1324%
Red Dead Redemption 2 1174% 937%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 686% 540%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1174% 937%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1650% 1324%
Doom Eternal 995% 791%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1846% 1484%
FIFA 20 579% 452%
Need For Speed Heat 1174% 937%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 3850 AGP are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce 9600 GSO.

The HD 3850 has a 118 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce 9600 GSO, but the GeForce 9600 GSO has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 3850. As a result, the GeForce 9600 GSO exhibits a 15.7 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 3850. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 3850 has a 118 MHz higher core clock speed and 4 more Render Output Units than the GeForce 9600 GSO. This results in the HD 3850 providing 4.1 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 GeForce 9600 GSO was released less than a year after the HD 3850, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The HD 3850 has 128 MB more video memory than the GeForce 9600 GSO, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 3850 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 3850 has 14.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 9600 GSO, which means that the memory performance of the HD 3850 is slightly better than the GeForce 9600 GSO.

The GeForce 9600 GSO has 96 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 3850 AGP has 320. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce 9600 GSO is 132 and the actual shader performance of the HD 3850 is 214. The HD 3850 having 82 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 3850 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce 9600 GSO.

The HD 3850 transistor size technology is 10 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce 9600 GSO. This means that the HD 3850 is expected to run very slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce 9600 GSO. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the HD 3850 should consume less power than the GeForce 9600 GSO.

The GeForce 9600 GSO requires 84 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 3850 AGP requires 75 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GeForce 9600 GSO and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the HD 3850. The GeForce 9600 GSO requires 9 Watts more than the HD 3850 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GeForce 9600 GSO to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the HD 3850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed550 MHzvs668 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureG92RV670 PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 May 2008vs03 Jan 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory384 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs830 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth38.4GB/secvs53.1GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units96vs320
Actual Shader Performance6%vs10%
Texture Mapping Units48vs16
Texture Rate26.4 GTexel/svs10.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units12vs16
Pixel Rate6.6 GPixel/svs10.7 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power84 Wattsvs75 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 26 Ampsvs450 Watts & 28 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs4.1
Open GL2.1vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1280x720vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GSO 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 GPU puts amazing graphics performance within your reach.Radeon HD 3850 AGP is a variant of the high-end Radeon HD 3850 based on the 55nm, second unified shader architecture, R600. Check its page to know more about its Core.
Compared to Radeon HD 3850, it features twice as much video memory and an AGP 8X Bus Interface. Benchmarks indicate the double sized frame buffer benefits this GPU largely and so its performance is up to 8% better than the reference Radeon HD 3850.
Today's modern games should run fluently at medium settings but with modest resolutions. DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
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