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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The DDR2 RAM runs at a frequency of 500 MHz on this specific model. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, which features a clock frequency of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 500 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is comprised of 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 12 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 50 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 84 Watts
Difference: 34 Watts (68%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same memory bandwidth, so in theory they should perform exactly the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is quite a bit (approximately 200%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 17600 (200%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is superior to the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2200 (50%)

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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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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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 DDR2 GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 September 2008
Code Name G96a G92
Memory 256 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 1000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 84 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 26400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 96
Texture Mapping Units 16 48
Render Output Units 8 12
Bus Type DDR2 DDR2
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 65 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per 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 processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill 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 maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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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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