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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs Radeon R9 M280X

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 features a GPU core speed of 550 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 800 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 M280X, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1375 MHz on this specific model. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 50 Watts
Radeon R9 M280X 75 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon R9 M280X should be much faster than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 M280X 88000 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 25600 MB/sec
Difference: 62400 (244%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M280X should be a lot (more or less 473%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3. (explain)

Radeon R9 M280X 50400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 41600 (473%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M280X is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R9 M280X 14400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 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 1GB 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 1GB GDDR3 Radeon R9 M280X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 Feb 9 2015
Code Name G96b Saturn XT
Memory 1024 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - 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 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.

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