NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GS vs ATI Radeon HD 3650 AGP

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)
1.58
 
0.18
Architecture
Tesla
 
TeraScale
GPU code name
G96
 
RV635
Market segment
Desktop
 
Desktop
Launch date
29 July 2008 (12 years ago)
 
23 January 2008 (13 years ago)
Price now
$14.22
 
$123

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
 
120
Core clock speed
550 MHz
 
725 MHz
Number of transistors
314 million
 
378 million
Manufacturing process technology
65 nm
 
55 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
40 Watt
 
65 Watt
Texture fill rate
8.800
 
5.800
Floating-point performance
no data
 
174 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).

Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
AGP 8x
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
None

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
DDR2
 
DDR2
Maximum RAM amount
512 MB
 
512 MB
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
1008 MHz
 
1000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
16.13 GB/s
 
16 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)
 
10.1 (10_1)
Shader Model
4.0
 
4.1
OpenGL
3.3
 
3.3
OpenCL
1.1
 
N/A
Vulkan
N/A
 
N/A
CUDA
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.

9500 GS 0.60 +3.4%
ATI HD 3650 AGP 0.58

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.

9500 GS 157 +4.7%
ATI HD 3650 AGP 150

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Both graphics cards satisfy the 57% minimum and 49% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

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

Competitors of GeForce 9500 GS from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce 9500 GS from AMD is Radeon HD 3650 AGP, which is slower by 3% and lower by 6 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce 9500 GS:

Competitors of Radeon HD 3650 AGP from NVIDIA

The nearest Radeon HD 3650 AGP's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce 8200, which is faster by 2% and higher by 4 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon HD 3650 AGP:

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GS

3.4% better performance in benchmarks

Somewhat newer (29 July 2008 vs 23 January 2008)

Cheaper ($14 vs $123)

Higher memory bandwidth (16.13 vs 16 GB/s)

Lower power consumption (40W vs 65W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

Advantages of ATI Radeon HD 3650 AGP

More pipelines (120 vs 32)

Finer manufacturing process technology (55 vs 65 nm)

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GS and ATI Radeon HD 3650 AGP. 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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