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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB vs Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB comes with a clock speed of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, which comes with core clock speeds of 750 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 160 SPUs as well as 8 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 31 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
Difference: 74 Watts (239%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB should be a lot faster than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 28800 (100%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB is quite a bit (more or less 460%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 6000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 27600 (460%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 3000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6600 (220%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

Model GeForce 9800 GT 512MB Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 February 2011
Code Name G92a/b Caicos
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 750 MHz
Shader Speed 1500 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective) 900 MHz (3600 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 112 160
Texture Mapping Units 56 8
Render Output Units 16 4
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 64-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 31 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 6000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 3000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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