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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 features a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It is made up of 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5, which comes with core clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 850 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 96 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units 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

In theory, the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 is 113% faster than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (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 much (about 100%) better at texture 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 exactly the same pixel fill rate, so in theory they should perform 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

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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 largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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