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GeForce 825M vs GeForce 9400 GT 256MB

Intro

The GeForce 825M makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 850 MHz. The DDR3 memory works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 384 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce 9400 GT 256MB, which makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR2 memory is set to run at a speed of 400 MHz on this card. It features 16 SPUs as well as 8 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 825M 33 Watts
GeForce 9400 GT 256MB 50 Watts
Difference: 17 Watts (52%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 825M should perform a bit faster than the GeForce 9400 GT 256MB in general. (explain)

GeForce 825M 14400 MB/sec
GeForce 9400 GT 256MB 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 1600 (13%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 825M should be much (approximately 209%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 9400 GT 256MB. (explain)

GeForce 825M 13600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9400 GT 256MB 4400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9200 (209%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 825M is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce 825M 6800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9400 GT 256MB 2200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4600 (209%)

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 825M

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GeForce 9400 GT 256MB

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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 825M GeForce 9400 GT 256MB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year January 27 2014 August 2008
Code Name GK208 G96a
Memory 2048 MB 256 MB
Core Speed 850 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 33 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 14400 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 13600 Mtexels/sec 4400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6800 Mpixels/sec 2200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 16
Texture Mapping Units 16 8
Render Output Units 8 4
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR2
Bus Width 64-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 65 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 314 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x8 PCIe x16 2.0, PCI
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus 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 better the memory bandwidth, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher 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 number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 825M

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GeForce 9400 GT 256MB

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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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