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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs GeForce GT 210

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 550 MHz. The DDR2 memory is set to run at a frequency of 500 MHz on this specific model. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GT 210, which features clock speeds of 589 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR3 RAM. It features 16 SPUs along with 8 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 210 31 Watts
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 50 Watts
Difference: 19 Watts (61%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 should theoretically be much faster than the GeForce GT 210 in general. (explain)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 16000 MB/sec
GeForce GT 210 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 is much (more or less 87%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GT 210. (explain)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 8800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 210 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4088 (87%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 4400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 210 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2044 (87%)

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

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 210

Amazon.com

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

Model GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 GeForce GT 210
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 October 2009
Code Name G96a GT218
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe 2.0
Memory 256 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 589 MHz
Shader Speed 1400 MHz 1402 MHz
Memory Speed 500 MHz (1000 MHz effective) 800 MHz (1600 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 32 16
Texture Mapping Units 16 8
Render Output Units 8 4
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 31 watts
Shader Model 4.0 4.1
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 4712 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 2356 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core 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 output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

Comments

4 Responses to “GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs GeForce GT 210”
anandaraj says:
Shall i buy Geforce 9500GT or GT210????
Pablo says:
9500GT!!! of course!
boussalim sheerif says:
geforce 9500gt is the best i prefer it than 210gt
JustAdyVLRO says:
9500GT overcloked run better than 9800GTX stock

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