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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 has core speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 500 MHz on the 256 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM), which comes with GPU core speed of 625 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM set to run at 800 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 160 Stream Processors, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 31 Watts
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 50 Watts
Difference: 19 Watts (61%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 should in theory be much superior to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) in general. (explain)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 16000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 is much (approximately 76%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM). (explain)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 8800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 5000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3800 (76%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 is quite a bit (more or less 76%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM), and also should be able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 4400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 2500 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1900 (76%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

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Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 February 2011
Code Name G96a Caicos
Memory 256 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 625 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 31 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 5000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 2500 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 160
Texture Mapping Units 16 8
Render Output Units 8 4
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 314 million 370 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

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Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)

Amazon.com

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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