9500 GT vs 8600 GTS

Price now 199$
Games supported 39%
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS
  • Interface PCIe 1.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 675 MHz
  • Max video memory 256 MB
  • Memory type GDDR3
  • Memory clock speed 1000 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 550MHz
  • Max video memory 1024
  • Memory type GDDR3
  • Memory clock speed 800 (GDDR3) and 500 (DDR2)MHz
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 99$
Games supported 39%

General info

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

Place in performance ratingnot ratednot rated
ArchitectureTesla (2006−2010)Tesla (2006−2010)
GPU code nameG84G96
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date17 April 2007
(15 years old)
29 July 2008
(14 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$199 $85.99
Current price$199 (1x MSRP)$99 (1.2x MSRP)

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 cores3232
CUDA coresno data32
Core clock speed675 MHz550 MHz
Number of transistors289 million314 million
Manufacturing process technology80 nm65 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)60 Watt50 Watt
Maximum GPU temperatureno data105 °C
Texture fill rate10.8 billion/sec8.8 billion/sec
Floating-point performance92.8 gflops89.6 gflops

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).

InterfacePCIe 1.0 x16PCIe 2.0 x16
Length198 mm6.875" (17.5 cm)
Heightno data4.376" (11.1 cm)
Supplementary power connectors1x 6-pinNone
SLI options++


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 typeGDDR3GDDR3
Maximum RAM amount256 MB1 GB
Standard memory config per GPU256 MBno data
Memory bus width128 Bit128 Bit
Memory clock speed1000 MHz800 (GDDR3) and 500 (DDR2) MHz
Memory bandwidth32 GB/s25.6 (GDDR3) and 16.0 (DDR2)

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 Connectors2x DVI, 1x S-VideoDual Link DVISingle Link DVI
Multi monitor supportno data+
HDMIno data+
Maximum VGA resolutionno data2048x1536
Audio input for HDMIno dataS/PDIF

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX11.1 (10_0)11.1 (10_0)
Shader Model4.04.0

Benchmark performance

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

  • 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.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

8600 GTS 153
9500 GT 135

GeForce 8600 GTS outperforms GeForce 9500 GT by 13% in Passmark.

Advantages and disadvantages

Recency 17 April 2007 29 July 2008
Cost $199 $85.99
Memory bandwidth 32 25.6
Chip lithography 80 nm 65 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 60 Watt 50 Watt

Technical City couldn't decide between

NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS
GeForce 8600 GTS


NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
GeForce 9500 GT

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Competitors of GeForce 8600 GTS by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce 8600 GTS from AMD is Radeon HD 4550.

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Competitors of GeForce 9500 GT by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce 9500 GT from AMD is Radeon HD 4550.

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