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

Intro

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

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, which has a clock speed of 750 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also features a 64-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 160 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 ROPs.

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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, in theory, should perform quite a bit 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 should be quite a bit (approximately 460%) better at anisotropic 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

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB should be quite a bit (approximately 220%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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

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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

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Model GeForce 9800 GT 512MB Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 February 2011
Code Name G92a/b Caicos
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 31 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 6000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 3000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 160
Texture Mapping Units 56 8
Render Output Units 16 4
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 370 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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