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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs GeForce GT 240 GDDR5

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 comes with a GPU core speed of 550 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 800 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 32 Stream Processors, 16 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

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

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 should in theory be much superior to the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 in general. (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 should be a lot (about 100%) better at AF 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 exactly the same pixel rate, so in theory they should be equally good at at FSAA, and be able to handle 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

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

Model GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 GeForce GT 240 GDDR5
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 Novermber 2009
Code Name G96b GT215
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe x16
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 550 MHz
Shader Speed 1400 MHz 1360 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz (1600 MHz effective) 850 MHz (3400 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 32 96
Texture Mapping Units 16 32
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 70 watts
Shader Model 4.0 4.1
Bandwidth 25600 MB/sec 54400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 17600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 4400 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 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, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total 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 handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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