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GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 vs Radeon HD 5450

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 makes use of a 55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 800 MHz on this specific model. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 5450, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 650 MHz. The DDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 800 MHz on this specific model. It features 80(16x5) SPUs along with 8 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5450 19 Watts
GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 50 Watts
Difference: 31 Watts (163%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 should theoretically perform quite a bit faster than the Radeon HD 5450 overall. (explain)

GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 25600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5450 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (100%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 will be much (more or less 69%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5450. (explain)

GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 8800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5450 5200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3600 (69%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 4400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5450 2600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1800 (69%)

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

GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3

Radeon HD 5450

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 Radeon HD 5450
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 February 4, 2010
Code Name G96b Cedar PRO
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 19 watts
Bandwidth 25600 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 5200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 2600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 80(16x5)
Texture Mapping Units 16 8
Render Output Units 8 4
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 314 million 292 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3

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