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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs Radeon R7 M260

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 uses a 55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 800 MHz on this specific model. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R7 M260, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 715 MHz. The DDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 384 SPUs along with 24 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 should theoretically perform a lot faster than the Radeon R7 M260 overall. (explain)

GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 25600 MB/sec
Radeon R7 M260 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (60%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 M260 should be much (about 95%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3. (explain)

Radeon R7 M260 17160 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8360 (95%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R7 M260 will be quite a bit (more or less 30%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3, and will be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon R7 M260 5720 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1320 (30%)

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 Radeon R7 M260
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 June 2014
Code Name G96b Opal/Topaz
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 715 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 25600 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 17160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 5720 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 384
Texture Mapping Units 16 24
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 55 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - 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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Radeon R7 M260

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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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