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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs GeForce GTX 460 (OEM)

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The DDR2 RAM runs at a speed of 500 MHz on this specific model. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 460 (OEM), which features a core clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 850 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 336 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 50 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 150 Watts
Difference: 100 Watts (200%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 108800 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 92800 (580%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) should be much (more or less 314%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 36400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 27600 (314%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 20800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 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 DDR2

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GeForce GTX 460 (OEM)

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 GeForce GTX 460 (OEM)
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 October 2010
Code Name G96a GF104
Memory 256 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 3400 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 108800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 36400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 20800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 336
Texture Mapping Units 16 56
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 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 maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

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GeForce GTX 460 (OEM)

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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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