NVIDIA's New GeForce 9500 GT Mainstream GPU

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News Posted: Tue, Jul 29 2008 9:29 AM

NVIDIA has announced the new GeForce 9500 GT today and it's their latest addition to their sub-$100 graphics card offering. Of course the card won't bring the same level of 3D performance as current high-end, more expensive products but its feature set is comparable to just about anything else on the market. In comparison to the recently released GeForce GTX series, the GeForce 9500 GT has only a fraction of the number of stream processors, ROPs, and texture units available, but the GPU's configuration does put it on par with or ahead of the GeForce 8500 / 8600 series of graphics cards, that the 9500 GT will eventually replace.

 

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 I'm having a hard time figuring out why they would even offer this product.  The 9600GSO is only a few pennies more and has the same (sometimes better) performance.  I'm all about consumer choice, but the $80~$100 range is getting a bit over-crowded.

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nECrO1967 replied on Tue, Jul 29 2008 12:06 PM

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 I'm having a hard time figuring out why they would even offer this product.  The 9600GSO is only a few pennies more and has the same (sometimes better) performance.  I'm all about consumer choice, but the $80~$100 range is getting a bit over-crowded.

Crowded indeed. I am assuming that's because this segment is where thay are making most of their money. A GTX 280 creates a lot of hype and sells cards but I'm willing to bet that for each 280 sold they sell a great deal more lower end cards. It's all about the numbers. I guess they are shooting for the consumer who is looking for the lowest price no matter what.

 

Edit: I'll have to look at the reviews for the GSO. I can't see how it could be faster. It has less memory (Usually), smaller pipes and slower clocks. All things considered the GSO should be slower. The GSO is also less than the GT, not more.

 

 

 

 

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nECrO1967 replied on Tue, Jul 29 2008 12:08 PM

Great article by the way. Not everyone can afford the latest and greatest and having reviews like this help a lot of people with their buying decisions. Not to mention helps the guys like me who get questions about this stuff.

Well written. I was glad to see you mentioned power and noise. I get a lot of questions about noise these days and it's good to be able to tell the customers something.

 

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mainstream..?
i thought mainstream was either integrated e.g. 9500m
or cheap gamer gpus e.g. 9600gt

i really don't see a point for another cheaper card when you can find 9600gt for around $100 now...
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nECrO1967 replied on Tue, Jul 29 2008 6:13 PM

Because there are people who can't aford the $110 (Newegg's curresnt cheapest price) for a 9600GT. The 9500GT is for the sub $80 market.

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