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GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 vs Radeon R9 M290X

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 uses a 55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 800 MHz on this specific model. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 M290X, which features a clock speed of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1200 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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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

In theory, the Radeon R9 M290X should be much faster than the GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M290X should be a lot (approximately 673%) better at 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

The Radeon R9 M290X is much (about 518%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3, and able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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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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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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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.

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