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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs GeForce GTX 260

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 has a clock speed of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 500 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is comprised of 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 260, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 576 MHz, and 896 MB of GDDR3 memory set to run at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also features 192 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 50 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 182 Watts
Difference: 132 Watts (264%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 260 will be 599% quicker than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 111888 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 95888 (599%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 should be a lot (approximately 319%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 36864 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 28064 (319%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 will be a lot (more or less 267%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 16128 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11728 (267%)

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 260

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 GeForce GTX 260
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 June 16, 2008
Code Name G96a G200
Memory 256 MB 896 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 576 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 1998 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 182 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 111888 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 36864 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 16128 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 192
Texture Mapping Units 16 64
Render Output Units 8 28
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 448-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 65 nm
Transistors 314 million 1400 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR 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 amount of texture units of the card by the core 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 processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs 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 fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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