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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs Radeon HD 4550 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 features clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 500 MHz on the 256 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 4550 512MB, which comes with GPU clock speed of 600 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM set to run at 800 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is made up of 80(16x5) SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4550 512MB 25 Watts
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 50 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (100%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 is 25% faster than the Radeon HD 4550 512MB overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 16000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4550 512MB 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 should be a lot (about 83%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 4550 512MB. (explain)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 8800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4550 512MB 4800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4000 (83%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 will be quite a bit (approximately 83%) more effective at AA than the Radeon HD 4550 512MB, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 4400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4550 512MB 2400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2000 (83%)

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 DDR2

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Radeon HD 4550 512MB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 Radeon HD 4550 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 Sep 30, 2008
Code Name G96a RV710
Memory 256 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 600 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 25 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 4800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 2400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 80(16x5)
Texture Mapping Units 16 8
Render Output Units 8 4
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 55 nm
Transistors 314 million 242 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics 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 most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 4550 512MB

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.

Comments

2 Responses to “GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs Radeon HD 4550 512MB”
goldy yadav says:

i havd 250w psu
pentium dual core
250hdd
1gb ram
which graphic is best for me for gaming?
Help me!

NoName says:

Hi Goldy i have almost the same system as you i bought the 9500 GT DDR2 and it has great performance.My advice is 9500 GT for you.

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