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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs GeForce GT 220 GDDR3

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 comes with core clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 500 MHz on the 256 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 625 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1012 MHz on this particular card. It features 48 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 50 Watts
GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 58 Watts
Difference: 8 Watts (16%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 should theoretically perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 in general. (explain)

GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 32384 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 16384 (102%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 is just a bit (about 14%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2. (explain)

GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 10000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 1200 (14%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 will be a little bit (more or less 14%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2, and will be able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 5000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 600 (14%)

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 DDR2

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 220 GDDR3

Amazon.com

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

Model GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 GeForce GT 220 GDDR3
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 October 2009
Code Name G96a GT216
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe 2.0
Memory 256 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 625 MHz
Shader Speed 1400 MHz 1360 MHz
Memory Speed 500 MHz (1000 MHz effective) 1012 MHz (2024 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 32 48
Texture Mapping Units 16 16
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 58 watts
Shader Model 4.0 4.1
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 32384 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 10000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 5000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once 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 are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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