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

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 750 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 900 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 160 Stream Processors, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation 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

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB should in theory be a lot faster than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB in general. (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 will be a lot (approximately 460%) more effective at AF 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 using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB is the winner, by a large margin. (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

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Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB

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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 information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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