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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 clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 800 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5, which features clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 850 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 96 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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 speaking, the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 should be a lot 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 rate, so theoretically they should be equally good at at 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 data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied 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 better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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