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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular model. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular card. It features 480 SPUs as well as 24 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 50 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
Difference: 55 Watts (110%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB should in theory be a little bit better than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should be a lot (more or less 115%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 15600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18000 (115%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB will be quite a bit (more or less 85%) better at AA than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 5200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4400 (85%)

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 1GB

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9800 GT 1GB Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 February 2011
Code Name G92a/b Turks
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 5200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 480
Texture Mapping Units 56 24
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 715 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 information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units 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 is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB

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