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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 has a core clock frequency of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 500 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It features 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7770, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1125 MHz on this particular card. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator 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

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 7770 should 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 is a lot (approximately 355%) faster with regards to 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

The Radeon HD 7770 will be a lot (about 264%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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.

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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

Radeon HD 7770

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 maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen 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 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core 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 is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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