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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs GeForce GTX 650 Ti

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 has a clock frequency of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 500 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is made up of 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, which has a clock speed of 928 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1350 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 768 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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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 speaking, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti is 440% quicker than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 overall, because of its greater data rate. (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 a lot (about 575%) more effective at anisotropic filtering 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

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 650 Ti is a better choice, by far. (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

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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 650 Ti

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 GeForce GTX 650 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 October 2012
Code Name G96a GK106
Memory 256 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 928 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 5400 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 86400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 59392 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 14848 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 768
Texture Mapping Units 16 64
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 314 million 2540 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant 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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