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GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 vs Radeon R9 M290X

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 has a core clock speed of 550 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 800 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is made up of 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 M290X, which has core speeds of 850 MHz on the GPU, and 1200 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1280 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 50 Watts
Radeon R9 M290X 100 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (100%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 M290X is 500% faster than the GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 153600 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 25600 MB/sec
Difference: 128000 (500%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M290X is much (about 673%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 68000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 59200 (673%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M290X is superior to the GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3, by far. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 27200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 22800 (518%)

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 M290X

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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 M290X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 May 1 2014
Code Name G96b Neptune XT
Memory 512 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 25600 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 68000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 1280
Texture Mapping Units 16 80
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-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 max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If 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, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of 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 rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3

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Radeon R9 M290X

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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