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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 features a clock frequency of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 500 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is made up of 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7770, which comes with a clock frequency of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1125 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 640 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 50 Watts
Radeon HD 7770 80 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (60%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 7770 should in theory be much better than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 72000 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 56000 (350%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 is quite a bit (more or less 355%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 31200 (355%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7770 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 16000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11600 (264%)

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 7770

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 7770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 February 2012
Code Name G96a Cape Verde XT
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 256 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed 1400 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 500 MHz (1000 MHz effective) 1125 MHz (4500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 32 640
Texture Mapping Units 16 40
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 80 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, 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 number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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