An interesting chart depicting the generational performance per dollar improvement on NVIDIA’s GeForce mainstream lineup has been posted over at the NVIDIA subreddit by the user Hic-Stunt-Leones. The chart shows us the gains we have seen since the GeForce 9600 GT, all the way up to the current GeForce RTX 2060.
NVIDIA Mainstream GeForce GPU Generational Performance Per Dollar Gains Visualized Over The Years
The mainstream cards are generally what make up the bulk of GPU sales for both NVIDIA and AMD. This mass volume segment is what helps either company drive higher share percentages even if it doesn’t offer the same returns as the high-end cards. AMD and NVIDIA have had some competitive offerings released in this segment over the past decade with cards such as the HD 5850, GTX 460, R9 270 series, GTX 970, RX 500 series and the GTX 1060 to name a few.
It’s been an ever-shifting market with consumers leaning towards whichever graphics card maker offered the best performance to value proposition. So let’s see how the mainstream NVIDIA cards have performed over the decade and what can we expect from the upcoming Ampere GeForce RTX 30 series mainstream offerings.
Before we go into details, the following is a note from the OP on how the information was calculated:
As stated performance data come from TechPowerUp. I took reference from the “Performance Summary” section you can find on each review on that website since 12 years ago. That shows a synthetic comparison between dozens of GPUs tested on several games.
Not all the values are shown on a single table of course so you have to jump from one chart to the other calculating every single generational improvement and stack up…