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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB
Red Dead Redemption 2 180% 1102%
Cyberpunk 2077 285% 1552%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 73% 642%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 285% 1552%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 180% 1102%
Doom Eternal 141% 934%
FIFA 20 49% 540%
Grand Theft Auto VI 329% 1737%
Need For Speed Heat 180% 1102%
Halo: Reach 11% 282%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB.

The GTX 560 has a 275 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the 9600 GSO. This results in the GTX 560 providing 20.6 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 GTX 560 has a 275 MHz higher core clock speed and 20 more Render Output Units than the 9600 GSO. This results in the GTX 560 providing 21.8 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 GTX 560 was released over a year more recently than the 9600 GSO, and so the GTX 560 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the 9600 GSO.

The GTX 560 has 512 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 GTX 560 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 560 has 91.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 9600 GSO, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 560 is massively better than the 9600 GSO.

The GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition has 336 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB has 48. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 560 is 622 and the actual shader performance of the 9600 GSO is 78. The GTX 560 having 544 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 560 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the 9600 GSO.

The GTX 560 transistor size technology is 25 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 9600 GSO. This means that the GTX 560 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 9600 GSO.

The GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition requires 150 Watts to run and the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB requires 90 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 560 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the 9600 GSO. The GTX 560 requires 60 Watts more than the 9600 GSO to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 560 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the 9600 GSO.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed925 MHzvs650 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF114-325-A1G92
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date19 May 2011vs01 Oct 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
7.9
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1920x1080
6.1
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2560x1440
4.1
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed1050 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth134.4GB/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%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units336vs48
Actual Shader Performance30%vs4%
Technology40nmvs65nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs48
Texture Rate51.8 GTexel/svs31.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs12
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs7.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs90 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs400 Watts & 26 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs10
Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.5vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-2300 2.8GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 560, created by Asus.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 925MHz, instead of 810MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1050MHz, instead of 1002MHz.

Frame Buffer
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Cooling Solution
DirectCU II: Copper heat pipes in direct contact with the GPU to speed up heat dissipation for over 20% cooler performance, DirectCU II takes cooling further with twin 80mm fans for doubled airflow.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 9% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 560.
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.
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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