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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 comes with core clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 960M, which comes with a clock frequency of 1096 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed 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 Texture Address Units, 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 quite a bit better than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M will be a lot (approximately 398%) better at texture 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

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960M is a better choice, by a large margin. (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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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3

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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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max 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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