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GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 vs Radeon R7 240

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 has a GPU clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 800 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 240, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 730 MHz. The DDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this particular model. It features 320 SPUs along with 20 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 240 30 Watts
GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 50 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (67%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R7 240 should perform a small bit faster than the GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 overall. (explain)

Radeon R7 240 28800 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 25600 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (13%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 240 will be quite a bit (about 66%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3. (explain)

Radeon R7 240 14600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5800 (66%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R7 240 will be much (more or less 33%) better at FSAA than the GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3, and capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon R7 240 5840 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1440 (33%)

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 512MB GDDR3

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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 512MB GDDR3 Radeon R7 240
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 October 2013
Code Name G96b Oland PRO
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 730 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 30 watts
Bandwidth 25600 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 14600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 5840 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 320
Texture Mapping Units 16 20
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 314 million 1040 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. 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 rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3

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Radeon R7 240

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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.

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