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

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB features core speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 750 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 900 MHz on this card. It features 160 SPUs along with 8 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB should in theory be a lot superior to 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 (about 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 superior to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, by far. (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 max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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