8600 GTS vs 9500 GS

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
0.21
 
1.58
Architecture
Tesla
 
Tesla
GPU code name
G84
 
G96
Market segment
Desktop
 
Desktop
Launch date
17 April 2007 (14 years ago)
 
29 July 2008 (12 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$199
 
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Price now
$109 (0.5x MSRP)
 
$14.22

Technical specs

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.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
32
 
32
Core clock speed
675 MHz
 
550 MHz
Number of transistors
289 million
 
314 million
Manufacturing process technology
80 nm
 
65 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
60 Watt
 
40 Watt
Texture fill rate
10.8 billion/sec
 
8.800
Floating-point performance
92.8 gflops
 
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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).

Interface
PCIe 1.0 x16
 
PCIe 2.0 x16
Length
198 mm
 
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Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin
 
None
SLI options
+
 
-

Memory

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.

Memory type
GDDR3
 
DDR2
Maximum RAM amount
256 MB
 
512 MB
Standard memory config per GPU
256 MB
 
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Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
1000 MHz
 
1008 MHz
Memory bandwidth
32 GB/s
 
16.13 GB/s

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.

Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x S-Video
 
2x DVI, 1x S-Video

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
11.1 (10_0)
 
11.1 (10_0)
Shader Model
4.0
 
4.0
OpenGL
2.1
 
3.3
OpenCL
1.1
 
1.1
Vulkan
N/A
 
N/A
CUDA
1.1
 
1.1

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

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.

8600 GTS 0.61 +1.7%
9500 GS 0.60

Passmark

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.

8600 GTS 158 +0.6%
9500 GS 157

Gaming performance

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.

Minimum
59%
Recommended
51%
Minimum
59%
Recommended
51%

9500 GS satisfies 57% minimum and 49% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
57%
Recommended
49%
Minimum
57%
Recommended
49%

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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