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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs GeForce GT 210

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 comes with a core clock frequency of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 500 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is made up of 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 210, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 589 MHz. The DDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 800 MHz on this particular model. It features 16 SPUs along with 8 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

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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

Performance-wise, the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 should in theory be a lot superior to 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 will be a lot (more or less 87%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering 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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 is superior to the GeForce GT 210, by a large margin. (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

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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 210

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 GeForce GT 210
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 October 2009
Code Name G96a GT218
Memory 256 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 589 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 31 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 4712 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 2356 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 16
Texture Mapping Units 16 8
Render Output Units 8 4
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 314 million 260 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 number of pixels the video card 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 Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum 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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