NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT vs ATI Radeon HD 4550

Price now 122$
Games supported 49%
ATI Radeon HD 4550
ATI Radeon HD 4550
  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 600 MHz
  • Max video memory 256 MB
  • Memory type DDR2
  • Memory clock speed 1310 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 203$
Games supported 39%

General info

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

Place in performance rating1059not rated
ArchitectureTeraScale (2005−2013)Tesla (2006−2010)
GPU code nameRV710G96
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date30 September 2008
(14 years old)
29 July 2008
(14 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$59 $85.99
Current price$122 (2.1x MSRP)$203 (2.4x MSRP)
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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 cores8032
CUDA coresno data32
Core clock speed600 MHz550 MHz
Number of transistors242 million314 million
Manufacturing process technology55 nm65 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)25 Watt50 Watt
Maximum GPU temperatureno data105 °C
Texture fill rate4.8008.8 billion/sec
Floating-point performance96 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 2.0 x16PCIe 2.0 x16
Length168 mm6.875" (17.5 cm)
Heightno data4.376" (11.1 cm)
Supplementary power connectorsNoneNone
SLI optionsno data+


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 typeDDR2GDDR3
Maximum RAM amount256 MB1 GB
Memory bus width64 Bit128 Bit
Memory clock speed1310 MHz800 (GDDR3) and 500 (DDR2) MHz
Memory bandwidth10.48 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 Connectors1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPortDual Link DVISingle Link DVI
Multi monitor supportno data+
Maximum VGA resolutionno data2048x1536
Audio input for HDMIno dataS/PDIF

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX10.1 (10_1)11.1 (10_0)
Shader Model4.14.0
CUDAno data+

Benchmark performance

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

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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%

ATI HD 4550 235
9500 GT 135

Radeon HD 4550 outperforms GeForce 9500 GT by 74% in Passmark.

Advantages and disadvantages

Recency 30 September 2008 29 July 2008
Cost $59 $85.99
Memory bus width 64 128
Pipelines / CUDA cores 80 32
Memory bandwidth 10.48 25.6
Chip lithography 55 nm 65 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 25 Watt 50 Watt

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ATI Radeon HD 4550
Radeon HD 4550


NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
GeForce 9500 GT

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Competitors of Radeon HD 4550 by NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 4550 from NVIDIA is GeForce 7800 GT.

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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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