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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 550 MHz. The DDR2 memory is set to run at a speed of 500 MHz on this specific card. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), which features a clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 480 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 50 Watts
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 63 Watts
Difference: 13 Watts (26%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) should perform much faster than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 48000 (300%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) will be much (approximately 118%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2. (explain)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 19200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10400 (118%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) is a lot (about 45%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 6400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2000 (45%)

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

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)

Amazon.com

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 6670 (OEM)
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 February 2011
Code Name G96a Turks
Memory 256 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 63 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 6400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 480
Texture Mapping Units 16 24
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 314 million 715 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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