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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs GeForce 9800 GT 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 features a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 256 MB of DDR2 memory is set to run at 500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 600 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 112 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 50 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
Difference: 55 Watts (110%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should theoretically be a lot superior to the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 in general. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 41600 (260%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB will be a lot (about 282%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 24800 (282%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5200 (118%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 GeForce 9800 GT 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 July 2008
Code Name G96a G92a/b
Memory 256 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 600 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 105 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 33600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 9600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 112
Texture Mapping Units 16 56
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 65/55 nm
Transistors 314 million 754 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the 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 maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's 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 quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

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