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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB vs Radeon HD 7750

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this card. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7750, which comes with a core clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1125 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 512 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7750 55 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (91%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 7750 will be 25% faster than the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 7750 72000 MB/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 14400 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB will be a lot (approximately 31%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 7750. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7750 25600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8000 (31%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7750 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 7750 12800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3200 (33%)

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

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7750

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce 9800 GT 512MB Radeon HD 7750
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 February 2012
Code Name G92a/b Cape Verde Pro
Fab Process 65/55 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed 1500 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective) 1125 MHz (4500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 112 512
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 55 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 25600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. 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 are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, 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 record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core 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 output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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