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GeForce 920M vs GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

Intro

The GeForce 920M features clock speeds of 954 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2, which uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 550 MHz. The DDR2 memory works at a frequency of 500 MHz on this particular card. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 should in theory be a small bit faster than the GeForce 920M in general. (explain)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 16000 MB/sec
GeForce 920M 14400 MB/sec
Difference: 1600 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 920M will be a lot (more or less 247%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2. (explain)

GeForce 920M 30528 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 21728 (247%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 920M is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 920M 7632 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3232 (73%)

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 920M

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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

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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 920M GeForce 9500 GT DDR2
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 12 2015 July 2008
Code Name GK208 G96a
Memory 2048 MB 256 MB
Core Speed 954 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) (Unknown) watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 14400 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 30528 Mtexels/sec 8800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 7632 Mpixels/sec 4400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 32
Texture Mapping Units 32 16
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type DDR3 DDR2
Bus Width 64-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 65 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 314 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16 2.0, PCI
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, 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, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour 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 output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 920M

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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

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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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