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

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5, which comes with a core clock speed of 550 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 850 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 96 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation 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

The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5, in theory, should perform 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 much (about 100%) more effective at 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 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

GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3

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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5

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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 maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core 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 video 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 amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of 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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