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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs Radeon R5 M230

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 has a GPU core speed of 550 MHz, and the 256 MB of DDR2 RAM is set to run at 500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 32 Stream Processors, 16 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R5 M230, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 780 MHz. The DDR3 memory works at a speed of 1000 MHz on this particular card. It features 320 SPUs as well as 20 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same bandwidth, so in theory they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R5 M230 will be quite a bit (approximately 77%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2. (explain)

Radeon R5 M230 15600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6800 (77%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 is quite a bit (approximately 41%) better at AA than the Radeon R5 M230, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 4400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R5 M230 3120 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1280 (41%)

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 DDR2

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Radeon R5 M230

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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 DDR2 Radeon R5 M230
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 2014
Code Name G96a Jet Pro
Memory 256 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 780 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 3120 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 320
Texture Mapping Units 16 20
Render Output Units 8 4
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 314 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe 3.0 x8
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type 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 AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably 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 DDR2

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Radeon R5 M230

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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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