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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs GeForce GTX 460 2GB

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 uses a 55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 800 MHz on this particular model. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 460 2GB, which comes with core speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 336 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 50 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 2GB 160 Watts
Difference: 110 Watts (220%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 460 2GB should theoretically be a lot faster than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 2GB 115200 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 25600 MB/sec
Difference: 89600 (350%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 2GB will be much (more or less 330%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 2GB 37800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 29000 (330%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 2GB is much (approximately 391%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 2GB 21600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 17200 (391%)

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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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 1GB GDDR3 GeForce GTX 460 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 July 2010
Code Name G96b GF104
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 675 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 160 watts
Bandwidth 25600 MB/sec 115200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 37800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 21600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 336
Texture Mapping Units 16 56
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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure 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 graphics card will be at 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 card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3

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GeForce GTX 460 2GB

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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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