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GeForce GTS 450 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce GTS 450 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 783 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 902 MHz on this particular model. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7770, which has a GPU core clock speed of 1000 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7770 80 Watts
GeForce GTS 450 106 Watts
Difference: 26 Watts (33%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7770 should be 25% faster than the GeForce GTS 450 overall, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 72000 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 450 57728 MB/sec
Difference: 14272 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 should be a lot (more or less 60%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTS 450. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTS 450 25056 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14944 (60%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 is quite a bit (about 28%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce GTS 450, and able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 16000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTS 450 12528 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3472 (28%)

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 GTS 450

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7770

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTS 450 Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2010 February 2012
Code Name GF106 Cape Verde XT
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 783 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 3608 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 57728 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25056 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12528 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 640
Texture Mapping Units 32 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1170 million 1500 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the 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 can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

Comments

2 Responses to “GeForce GTS 450 vs Radeon HD 7770”
rodrigo says:

quero saber se a gts 450e melho do que a amd sapphire 7770 ati

arnaldo says:

7770 é bem melhor que a 450

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