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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs Radeon R7 M360

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 comes with a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 256 MB of DDR2 memory runs at 500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 M360, which features core speeds of 1125 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 384 SPUs as well as 24 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same memory bandwidth, so in theory they should perform exactly the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 M360 should be quite a bit (about 207%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2. (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 27000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18200 (207%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R7 M360 is superior to the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 9000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4600 (105%)

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 DDR2

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Radeon R7 M360

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 Radeon R7 M360
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 2015
Code Name G96a Oland
Memory 256 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 1125 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 27000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 9000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 384
Texture Mapping Units 16 24
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 314 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one 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 graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

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Radeon R7 M360

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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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