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

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 comes with clock 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 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 460 2GB, which comes with a core clock speed of 675 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 336 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation 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 in theory be a lot faster than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 in general. (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 is a lot (about 330%) more effective 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

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 2GB is superior to the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3, and very much so. (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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka 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 bandwidth is, the lower the ability 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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