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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 has a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 800 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 960M, which has a GPU core clock speed of 1096 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 640 Stream Processors, 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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 960M should be a lot faster 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 quite a bit (about 398%) more effective 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 a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960M is the winner, and very much so. (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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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.

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 max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses 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, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach 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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