ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review :: EVGA 9500GT Card

09-30-2008 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Ben Sun

EVGA decided to fit the 9500GT on a small PCB, about the same size as ATIís reference card. There is a small fan surrounded by a heatsink which means that this card will be a bit noisier under operation than ATIís card. The fan is not loud under operation but it does make some noise. The rear of the card has the mounting bracket for the graphics chip the serial number and part number stickers.


ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review Heatsink/Fan

Heatsink/Fan

ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review Rear of Front

Rear of Front

ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review Memory chips

Memory chips

ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review PCI Express

PCI Express


The front of the PCB also has four memory chips each with 1024Megabits of memory, meaning that the total on the card is 512MB as there are 8 bits in a Byte. The memory bandwidth on this card is 16GB/second as the card has a 128-bit memory interface and a 1GHz effective memory speed (500MHz actual speed 1GHz effective.) One consequence of the lower power requirements of the 9500GT compared to the bigger GTX280 is the lack of a 6-pin power connector on the card.


ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review Rear of PCB

Rear of PCB

ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review Capacitors

Capacitors

ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review SLI Connector

SLI Connector

ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review Serial Number sticker

Serial Number sticker


The EVGA 9500GT has a different set of IO than the ATI card. Due to the card being a retail card, the card has two Dual Link DVI ports on its IO along with a HDTV port. This allows the video card to use up to two DVI equipped monitors or two VGA monitors with included adapters. The 9500GT can also use HDMI monitors with adapters but those arenít included in the packaging.


ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review Head on view

Head on view

ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review IO

IO