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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 uses a 55 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 800 MHz on this specific card. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 960M, which features a clock frequency of 1096 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 640 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 50 Watts
GeForce GTX 960M 65 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (30%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 960M should in theory be much better than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 25600 MB/sec
Difference: 38400 (150%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M should be a lot (approximately 398%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 43840 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 35040 (398%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M will be a lot (approximately 299%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 17536 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13136 (299%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 GeForce GTX 960M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 March 12 2015
Code Name G96b GM107
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 1096 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 25600 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 43840 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 17536 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 640
Texture Mapping Units 16 40
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 314 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses 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 higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core 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 maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3

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GeForce GTX 960M

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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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