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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 9500 GS Radeon HD 3800 series
Cyberpunk 2077 1799% 1209%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1637% 1098%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1581% 1059%
Watch Dogs Legion 1732% 1163%
Godfall 2984% 2026%
FIFA 21 858% 560%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1581% 1059%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2572% 1742%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 2623% 1777%
Genshin Impact 1799% 1209%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 3800 series are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce 9500 GS.

The HD 3800 has no core clock speed set, so any comparison between Texture and Pixel Fill Rates is not currently possible.

The GeForce 9500 GS was released less than a year after the HD 3800, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GeForce 9500 GS and the Radeon HD 3800 series have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GeForce 9500 GS has 16 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 3800, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce 9500 GS is slightly better than the HD 3800.

The GeForce 9500 GS has 32 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 3800 series has 320. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce 9500 GS is 18 and the actual shader performance of the HD 3800 is 0. The GeForce 9500 GS having 18 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce 9500 GS delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 3800.

We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the GeForce 9500 GS.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed550 MHzvs-
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential Fair vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Jul 2008vs01 Nov 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed500 MHzvs-
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR2vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth16GB/secvs-
L2 Cache - vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units32vs320
Actual Shader Performance1%vs-
Texture Mapping Units-vs16
Texture Rate-vs-
Render Output Units-vs16
Pixel Rate-vs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power--
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 20 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model3.0vs4.1
Open GL2.1vs3.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

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Recommended RAM--
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution--

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewIt had previously been thought that NVIDIA had decided to drop the G and NV nomenclature for a D (for Desktop) nomenclature on their processors. Following the D is the generation number and the target market indicator. NVIDIA's official designations for target markets include Mainstream, Performance, and Enthusiast. For example, the D9E indicates a 9th generation Desktop GeForce video card for the Enthusiast market[1]. However, NVIDIA has actually forked their codenames into those of graphics processors, and those of graphics cards. The GPU cores have kept the prefix 'G' and future versions will include the prefix 'GT'; whereas the actual cards are now codenamed as D, generation number and target market. Radeon HD 3800 Series is not a GPU but instead a combination between Radeon HD 3830, Radeon HD 3850 and Radeon HD 3870 whose rank is a balance between the three and that exists for System Requirements purposes only.
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