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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 9500 GT Radeon HD 3850 AGP
Halo: Reach 312% 229%
Cyberpunk 2077 1682% 1324%
Red Dead Redemption 2 1197% 937%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 700% 540%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1197% 937%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1682% 1324%
Doom Eternal 1015% 791%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1882% 1484%
FIFA 20 591% 452%
Need For Speed Heat 1197% 937%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 3850 AGP are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce 9500 GT.

The HD 3850 has a 118 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GeForce 9500 GT. This results in the HD 3850 providing 1.9 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 3850 has a 118 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Render Output Units than the GeForce 9500 GT. This results in the HD 3850 providing 6.3 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GeForce 9500 GT was released less than a year after the HD 3850, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GeForce 9500 GT and the Radeon HD 3850 AGP have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The HD 3850 has 27.5 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 9500 GT, which means that the memory performance of the HD 3850 is slightly better than the GeForce 9500 GT.

The GeForce 9500 GT has 32 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 3850 AGP has 320. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce 9500 GT is 18 and the actual shader performance of the HD 3850 is 214. The HD 3850 having 196 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 3850 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce 9500 GT.

The GeForce 9500 GT requires 50 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 3850 AGP requires 75 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the GeForce 9500 GT and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the HD 3850. The HD 3850 requires 25 Watts more than the GeForce 9500 GT to run. The difference is not significant enough for the HD 3850 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GeForce 9500 GT.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed550 MHzvs668 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G96CRV670 PRO
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date29 Jul 2008vs03 Jan 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs830 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs53.1GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units32vs320
Actual Shader Performance1%vs10%
Texture Mapping Units16vs16
Texture Rate8.8 GTexel/svs10.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs16
Pixel Rate4.4 GPixel/svs10.7 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power50 Wattsvs75 Watts
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 26 Ampsvs450 Watts & 28 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs4.1
Open GL3.3vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce 9500 GT is a Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Tesla Architecture.

Tesla was NVIDIA's First Unified Shader Architecture.

It equips a GPU Codenamed G96C which has 2 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 32 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 8 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 550MHz.

The GPU accesses a 512MB frame buffer of GDDR3, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 800MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 50W, it requires at least a 350W PSU and it relies entirely on the PCI Slot for Power meaning no extra connectors are required.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance on average with GeForce 8600 GTS, meaning it is much faster than Radeon HD 3650.
Radeon HD 3850 AGP is a variant of the high-end Radeon HD 3850 based on the 55nm, second unified shader architecture, R600. Check its page to know more about its Core.
Compared to Radeon HD 3850, it features twice as much video memory and an AGP 8X Bus Interface. Benchmarks indicate the double sized frame buffer benefits this GPU largely and so its performance is up to 8% better than the reference Radeon HD 3850.
Today's modern games should run fluently at medium settings but with modest resolutions. DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
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