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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs GeForce GT 430

Intro

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 has a GPU clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 256 MB of DDR2 memory is set to run at 500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 430, which has core clock speeds of 700 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 96 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 50 Watts
GeForce GT 430 60 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (20%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GT 430 should in theory be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 overall. (explain)

GeForce GT 430 28800 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (80%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 430 is quite a bit (more or less 27%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2. (explain)

GeForce GT 430 11200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2400 (27%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 will be quite a bit (more or less 57%) better at FSAA than the GeForce GT 430, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 4400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 2800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1600 (57%)

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 GT 430
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 October 2010
Code Name G96a GF108
Memory 256 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 700 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 60 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 11200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 2800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 96
Texture Mapping Units 16 16
Render Output Units 8 4
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 314 million 585 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

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

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock 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 applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

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