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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 550 MHz. The DDR2 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 500 MHz on this specific model. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7770, which features a core clock speed of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1125 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, 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

The Radeon HD 7770, in theory, should perform much faster than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 should be quite a bit (about 355%) faster with regards to AF 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

The Radeon HD 7770 is much (more or less 264%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions better. (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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must 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 are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card 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 applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip 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 amount 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 filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of 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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