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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs GeForce GTX 650 Ti

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 550 MHz. The DDR2 memory is set to run at a frequency of 500 MHz on this model. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, which comes with clock speeds of 928 MHz on the GPU, and 1350 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 768 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs 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
GeForce GTX 650 Ti 110 Watts
Difference: 60 Watts (120%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti should perform a lot faster than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 Ti 86400 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 70400 (440%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti should be quite a bit (about 575%) better at AF than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 Ti 59392 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 50592 (575%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti will be a lot (about 237%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2, and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 Ti 14848 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10448 (237%)

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

GeForce GTX 650 Ti

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 GeForce GTX 650 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 October 2012
Code Name G96a GK106
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 928 MHz
Shader Speed 1400 MHz 928 MHz
Memory Speed 500 MHz (1000 MHz effective) 1350 MHz (5400 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 32 768
Texture Mapping Units 16 64
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 110 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 86400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 59392 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 14848 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, 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 figure 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 graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

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

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