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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs GeForce GT 240 GDDR5

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 comes with a 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 made up of 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 850 MHz on this card. It features 96 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 50 Watts
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 70 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (40%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 overall. (explain)

GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 54400 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 25600 MB/sec
Difference: 28800 (113%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 is a lot (about 100%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3. (explain)

GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 17600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8800 (100%)

Pixel Rate

Both cards have the exact same pixel fill rate, so theoretically they should perform equally good at at full screen anti-aliasing, and be capable of handling the same resolutions. (explain)

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 1GB GDDR3

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 240 GDDR5

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

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Model GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 GeForce GT 240 GDDR5
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 Novermber 2009
Code Name G96b GT215
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 3400 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 70 watts
Bandwidth 25600 MB/sec 54400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 17600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 4400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 96
Texture Mapping Units 16 32
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 314 million 289 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per 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 number of Render Output Units by the clock 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 is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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