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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs Radeon R7 M260

Intro

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

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 M260, which features a clock speed of 715 MHz and a DDR3 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 64-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 will be 60% quicker than the Radeon R7 M260 in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 M260 will be quite a bit (more or less 95%) better at texture 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 a lot (more or less 30%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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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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.

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 information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. 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 is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3

Amazon.com

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Radeon R7 M260

Amazon.com

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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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