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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs Radeon R7 M260X

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 has a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 800 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 32 Stream Processors, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 M260X, which has a core clock frequency of 825 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R7 M260X should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 in general. (explain)

Radeon R7 M260X 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 25600 MB/sec
Difference: 38400 (150%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 M260X will be quite a bit (about 125%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3. (explain)

Radeon R7 M260X 19800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 11000 (125%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R7 M260X is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R7 M260X 6600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2200 (50%)

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 M260X

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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 M260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 June 2014
Code Name G96b Opal
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 825 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 25600 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 19800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 384
Texture Mapping Units 16 24
Render Output Units 8 8
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 x8
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video 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 that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3

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Radeon R7 M260X

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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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