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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 runs at 500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 32 Stream Processors, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7770, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1125 MHz on this model. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator 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 7770 80 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (60%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 7770 should theoretically be much superior to 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 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

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7770 is a better choice, and very much so. (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 maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per 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 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 most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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