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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The DDR2 memory works at a speed of 500 MHz on this model. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), which comes with GPU clock speed of 800 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 480 Stream Processors, 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

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) should in theory be much better 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) should be quite a bit (about 118%) faster with regards to 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

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) is a better choice, by a large margin. (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

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)

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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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