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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs Radeon R7 M360

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The DDR2 memory is set to run at a frequency of 500 MHz on this particular model. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 M360, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1125 MHz. The DDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this card. It features 384 SPUs along with 24 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 M360 is a lot (about 207%) more effective 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

The Radeon R7 M360 is much (approximately 105%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2, and will be able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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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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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core 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 a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability 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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