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GeForce GTS 450 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce GTS 450 features a core clock speed of 783 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 902 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 192 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7770, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1125 MHz on this model. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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, the Radeon HD 7770 should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTS 450 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

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

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

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7770 is a better choice, by a large margin. (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

GeForce GTS 450

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7770

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

Model GeForce GTS 450 Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2010 February 2012
Code Name GF106 Cape Verde XT
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 783 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed 1566 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 902 MHz (3608 MHz effective) 1125 MHz (4500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 192 640
Texture Mapping Units 32 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts 80 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 57728 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25056 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12528 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach 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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