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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 comes with a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 256 MB of DDR2 RAM is set to run at 500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 32 Stream Processors, 16 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7770, which has a clock speed of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1125 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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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 should in theory perform much faster 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 will be a lot (more or less 355%) more effective at 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

If running with 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

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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

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Model GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 February 2012
Code Name G96a Cape Verde XT
Memory 256 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 640
Texture Mapping Units 16 40
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 314 million 1500 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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