NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT Mainstream GPU

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As much as we love to write about the latest and greatest flagship graphics cards here at HotHardware, the fact of the matter is, cards that fall into the more mainstream market segments are vastly more popular with consumers--at least in terms of the overall sales numbers in the retail channel.  As such, the major players in discreet graphics, currently NVIDIA and ATI, typically drive many more features and into this segment from year to year, while also increasing performance significantly.

The latest mainstream graphics card to land in our lab comes by way of NVIDIA.  NVIDIA's new GeForce 9500 GT is the company's latest weapon in its arsenal of sub-$100 graphics cards but don't let the relatively low price fool you.  Of course the card won't offer the same level of 3D performance as current high-end, more expensive products.  However, its feature set is comparable to just about anything else on the market.  And its power consumption is nice and low as well.  We'll get into the details in a bit.  For now take a look at the specifications and features...


NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
Specifications and Features



In comparison to the recently released GeForce GTX series, the GeForce 9500 GT has only a fraction of the number of stream processors, ROPs, and texture units available, but the GPU's configuration does put it on par with or ahead of the GeForce 8500 / 8600 series of graphics cards, that the 9500 GT will eventually replace (along with the already released GeForce 9600 GT).

As you can see, NVIDIA has disclosed that initial 9500 GT GPUs will be manufactured at 65nm with a 55nm refresh following sometime later.  The GPU is comprised of 314M transistors, with 32 stream processors, and partners will offer a range of cards with frame buffers using either DDR2 or DDR3 memory with sizes likely ranging from 256MB to 512MB.

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1nteljunki3 6 years ago

 I'm having a hard time figuring out why they would even offer this product.  The 9600GSO is only a few pennies more and has the same (sometimes better) performance.  I'm all about consumer choice, but the $80~$100 range is getting a bit over-crowded.

nECrO1967 6 years ago

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 I'm having a hard time figuring out why they would even offer this product.  The 9600GSO is only a few pennies more and has the same (sometimes better) performance.  I'm all about consumer choice, but the $80~$100 range is getting a bit over-crowded.

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Crowded indeed. I am assuming that's because this segment is where thay are making most of their money. A GTX 280 creates a lot of hype and sells cards but I'm willing to bet that for each 280 sold they sell a great deal more lower end cards. It's all about the numbers. I guess they are shooting for the consumer who is looking for the lowest price no matter what.

 

Edit: I'll have to look at the reviews for the GSO. I can't see how it could be faster. It has less memory (Usually), smaller pipes and slower clocks. All things considered the GSO should be slower. The GSO is also less than the GT, not more.

 

 

 

 

nECrO1967 6 years ago

Great article by the way. Not everyone can afford the latest and greatest and having reviews like this help a lot of people with their buying decisions. Not to mention helps the guys like me who get questions about this stuff.

Well written. I was glad to see you mentioned power and noise. I get a lot of questions about noise these days and it's good to be able to tell the customers something.

 

hakkafusion 6 years ago
mainstream..?
i thought mainstream was either integrated e.g. 9500m
or cheap gamer gpus e.g. 9600gt

i really don't see a point for another cheaper card when you can find 9600gt for around $100 now...
nECrO1967 6 years ago

Because there are people who can't aford the $110 (Newegg's curresnt cheapest price) for a 9600GT. The 9500GT is for the sub $80 market.

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