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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 has core clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 500 MHz on the 256 MB of DDR2 memory. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, which has GPU clock speed of 550 MHz, and 512 MB of DDR2 memory set to run at 500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 Stream Processors, 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 theoretically they should have the same performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is much (approximately 200%) better at texture 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

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should be quite a bit (approximately 50%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2, and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card 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 a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. 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 many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

Amazon.com

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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.

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