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GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 vs Radeon R9 M280X

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 has core speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 M280X, which comes with GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1375 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 896 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 50 Watts
Radeon R9 M280X 75 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 M280X should in theory perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 M280X 88000 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 25600 MB/sec
Difference: 62400 (244%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M280X will be quite a bit (approximately 473%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3. (explain)

Radeon R9 M280X 50400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 41600 (473%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M280X is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon R9 M280X 14400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10000 (227%)

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 512MB GDDR3

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Radeon R9 M280X

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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 512MB GDDR3 Radeon R9 M280X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 Feb 9 2015
Code Name G96b Saturn XT
Memory 512 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 25600 MB/sec 88000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 896
Texture Mapping Units 16 56
Render Output Units 8 16
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 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card 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 maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. 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 of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3

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Radeon R9 M280X

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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