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GeForce GTX 280 vs Radeon HD 5850

Intro

The GeForce GTX 280 makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 602 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1107 MHz on this model. It features 240 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 5850, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 725 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1000 MHz on this specific card. It features 1440(288x5) SPUs along with 72 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5850 151 Watts
GeForce GTX 280 236 Watts
Difference: 85 Watts (56%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 280 will be 11% faster than the Radeon HD 5850 in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 280 141696 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5850 128000 MB/sec
Difference: 13696 (11%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5850 should be just a bit (about 8%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 280. (explain)

Radeon HD 5850 52200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 280 48160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4040 (8%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 5850 will be a little bit (approximately 20%) better at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 280, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon HD 5850 23200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 280 19264 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3936 (20%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 280 Radeon HD 5850
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 17, 2008 September 30, 2009
Code Name G200 Cypress PRO
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 602 MHz 725 MHz
Memory Speed 2214 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 236 watts 151 watts
Bandwidth 141696 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 48160 Mtexels/sec 52200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 19264 Mpixels/sec 23200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 1440(288x5)
Texture Mapping Units 80 72
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1400 million 2154 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 280

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Radeon HD 5850

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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.

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