8600 GTS vs 9500 GS
Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.
General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.
Compatibility, dimensions and requirements
Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.
APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.
Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.
This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.
Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.
8600 GTS satisfies 59% minimum and 51% recommended requirements of all games known to us.
9500 GS satisfies 57% minimum and 49% recommended requirements of all games known to us.
Competitors of GeForce 8600 GTS from AMD
The nearest GeForce 8600 GTS's AMD equivalent is Radeon E6465, which is faster by 3% and higher by 4 positions in our rating.
Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce 8600 GTS:
Competitors of GeForce 9500 GS from AMD
We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce 9500 GS from AMD is Radeon X1950 CrossFire Edition, which is slower by 3% and lower by 5 positions in our rating.
Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce 9500 GS:
Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS
1.7% better performance in benchmarks
Higher memory bandwidth (32 vs 16.13 GB/s)
Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GS
Much newer (29 July 2008 vs 17 April 2007)
Cheaper ($14 vs $109)
Finer manufacturing process technology (65 vs 80 nm)
Lower power consumption (40W vs 60W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.
So, which one is the better GPU?
Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS and NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GS. The differences in performance seem too small.
Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.
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