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

Intro

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

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 460 2GB, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 675 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this card. It features 336 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs 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 2GB 160 Watts
Difference: 110 Watts (220%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 460 2GB should perform quite a bit 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 is a lot (more or less 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

The GeForce GTX 460 2GB is quite a bit (approximately 391%) better at AA than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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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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 maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record 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 the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called 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 ability to reach the maximum 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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