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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs GeForce GTX 460 SE

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 features a core clock speed of 550 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 800 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is comprised of 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 460 SE, which features a core clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 850 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 288 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 50 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 SE 150 Watts
Difference: 100 Watts (200%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 460 SE should in theory perform much faster than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 SE 108800 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 25600 MB/sec
Difference: 83200 (325%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 SE will be much (about 255%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 SE 31200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22400 (255%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 SE is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 SE 20800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 16400 (373%)

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 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 GeForce GTX 460 SE
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 November 2010
Code Name G96b GF104
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 3400 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 25600 MB/sec 108800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 31200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 20800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 288
Texture Mapping Units 16 48
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 314 million 1950 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 data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in one 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 - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3

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GeForce GTX 460 SE

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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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