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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs GeForce GT 440 1.5GB

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 features core speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 594 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 144 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 50 Watts
GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 56 Watts
Difference: 6 Watts (12%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 in general. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 43200 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 25600 MB/sec
Difference: 17600 (69%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 440 1.5GB is a lot (approximately 62%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 14256 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5456 (62%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 440 1.5GB is much (more or less 224%) better at AA than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 14256 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9856 (224%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 GeForce GT 440 1.5GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 October 2010
Code Name G96b GF106
Memory 1024 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 594 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 56 watts
Bandwidth 25600 MB/sec 43200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 14256 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 14256 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 144
Texture Mapping Units 16 24
Render Output Units 8 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 314 million 1170 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If 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, HDR 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 worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3

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GeForce GT 440 1.5GB

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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.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs GeForce GT 440 1.5GB”
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