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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 has a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 256 MB of DDR2 RAM runs at 500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 32 Stream Processors, 16 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), which comes with a GPU core 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 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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, the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) should perform a lot 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) is quite a bit (more or less 118%) better at AF 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 the winner, and very much so. (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

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

Model GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 February 2011
Code Name G96a Turks
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 256 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed 1400 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 500 MHz (1000 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 32 480
Texture Mapping Units 16 24
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 63 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 6400 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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