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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs GeForce GT 210

Intro

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

Compare all that to the GeForce GT 210, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 589 MHz. The DDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 800 MHz on this model. It features 16 SPUs along with 8 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

(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

In theory, the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 will be 25% quicker than the GeForce GT 210 in general, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 should be a lot (approximately 87%) more effective at texture 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 using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 is superior to the GeForce GT 210, 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

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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 max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number 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 texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. 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 output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the 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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