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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 has core speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 500 MHz on the 256 MB of DDR2 memory. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB, which features GPU core speed of 650 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR3 memory running at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 50 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (80%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB should theoretically be a lot faster than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 41600 (260%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB is quite a bit (approximately 255%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22400 (255%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB is superior to the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2, by far. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6000 (136%)

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 512MB

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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 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 October 2008
Code Name G96a G94a/b
Memory 256 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 90 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 31200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 10400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 96
Texture Mapping Units 16 48
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 505 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 max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to 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 potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

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GeForce 9600 GSO 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.

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