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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs GeForce GTX 970M

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 has core speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 970M, which has a core clock speed of 924 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 50 Watts
GeForce GTX 970M 75 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 970M should theoretically be a lot better than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970M 96000 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 25600 MB/sec
Difference: 70400 (275%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970M will be a lot (approximately 740%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970M 73920 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 65120 (740%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 970M is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970M 44352 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 39952 (908%)

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 970M

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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 970M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 October 7 2014
Code Name G96b GM204
Memory 1024 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 924 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 25600 MB/sec 96000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 73920 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 44352 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 1280
Texture Mapping Units 16 80
Render Output Units 8 48
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 192-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 data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at 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 the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out 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 rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the 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 970M

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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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