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GeForce 9400 GT 256MB vs GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

Intro

The GeForce 9400 GT 256MB comes with a clock frequency of 550 MHz and a GDDR2 memory frequency of 400 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It features 16 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2, which has GPU core speed of 550 MHz, and 256 MB of DDR2 memory running at 500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9400 GT 256MB in general. (explain)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 16000 MB/sec
GeForce 9400 GT 256MB 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 is much (approximately 100%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9400 GT 256MB. (explain)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 8800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9400 GT 256MB 4400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4400 (100%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 is superior to the GeForce 9400 GT 256MB, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 4400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9400 GT 256MB 2200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2200 (100%)

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 9400 GT 256MB

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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9400 GT 256MB GeForce 9500 GT DDR2
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year August 2008 July 2008
Code Name G96a G96a
Memory 256 MB 256 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 4400 Mtexels/sec 8800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2200 Mpixels/sec 4400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 32
Texture Mapping Units 8 16
Render Output Units 4 8
Bus Type GDDR2 DDR2
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 65 nm
Transistors 314 million 314 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe x16 2.0, PCI
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one 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 number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of 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 9400 GT 256MB

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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

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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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