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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs Radeon R7 M260

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 uses a 55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 800 MHz on this card. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R7 M260, which comes with GPU core speed of 715 MHz, and 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM set to run at 1000 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 384 Stream Processors, 24 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the Radeon R7 M260 in general. (explain)

GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 25600 MB/sec
Radeon R7 M260 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (60%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 M260 should be quite a bit (about 95%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3. (explain)

Radeon R7 M260 17160 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8360 (95%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R7 M260 should be quite a bit (approximately 30%) better at AA than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon R7 M260 5720 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1320 (30%)

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

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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 Radeon R7 M260
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 June 2014
Code Name G96b Opal/Topaz
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 715 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 25600 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 17160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 5720 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 384
Texture Mapping Units 16 24
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 314 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe 3.0 x8
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video 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 could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3

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Radeon R7 M260

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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.

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