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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 set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works 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 of that to the Radeon HD 5450, which has GPU core speed of 650 MHz, and 512 MB of DDR3 RAM running at 800 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is comprised of 80(16x5) Stream Processors, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 should be 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 is much (approximately 69%) faster with regards to AF 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 using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 is the winner, and very much so. (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

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5450

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 Radeon HD 5450
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 February 4, 2010
Code Name G96b Cedar PRO
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 650 MHz
Shader Speed 1400 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz (1600 MHz effective) 800 MHz (1600 MHz effective)
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
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 19 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 25600 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 5200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 2600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, 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 most 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 calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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