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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 works at a speed of 500 MHz on this particular card. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 210, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 589 MHz. The DDR3 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 800 MHz on this particular card. It features 16 SPUs along with 8 Texture Address Units 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

In theory, the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 will be 25% quicker than the GeForce GT 210 in general, due to its greater data rate. (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 quite a bit (approximately 87%) better at 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 a better choice, 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

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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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 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, HDR and higher screen 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 number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video 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 most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential 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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