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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs GeForce 9800 GT 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 has a core clock frequency of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 500 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It features 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB, which features core speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 50 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
Difference: 55 Watts (110%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should theoretically be a lot better than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 in general. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 41600 (260%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should be a lot (about 282%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 24800 (282%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should be a lot (more or less 118%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5200 (118%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 GeForce 9800 GT 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 July 2008
Code Name G96a G92a/b
Memory 256 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 600 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 105 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 33600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 9600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 112
Texture Mapping Units 16 56
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 65/55 nm
Transistors 314 million 754 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the 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 most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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