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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 features 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 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB, which comes with GPU core speed of 550 MHz, and 384 MB of GDDR3 RAM set to run at 800 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 Stream Processors, 48 Texture Address Units, 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 384MB 84 Watts
Difference: 34 Watts (68%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB should be much faster than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 in general. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 38400 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 22400 (140%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB is a lot (about 200%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 17600 (200%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB is superior to the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 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 384MB

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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 384MB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 May 2008
Code Name G96a G92
Memory 256 MB 384 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 84 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 38400 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 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 192-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 max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

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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