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GeForce 8500 GT vs Radeon HD 5770

Intro

The GeForce 8500 GT comes with a clock frequency of 450 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 400 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 80 nm design. It is made up of 16 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 5770, which has a core clock frequency of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1200 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8500 GT 45 Watts
Radeon HD 5770 108 Watts
Difference: 63 Watts (140%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 5770 should theoretically perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8500 GT overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 5770 76800 MB/sec
GeForce 8500 GT 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 64000 (500%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5770 is a lot (approximately 844%) better at AF than the GeForce 8500 GT. (explain)

Radeon HD 5770 34000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8500 GT 3600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 30400 (844%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5770 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 5770 13600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8500 GT 1800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11800 (656%)

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 8500 GT

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5770

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 8500 GT Radeon HD 5770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 October 13, 2009
Code Name G86 Juniper XT
Fab Process 80 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16, PCI, PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 450 MHz 850 MHz
Shader Speed 900 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 400 MHz (800 MHz effective) 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 16 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 8 40
Render Output Units 4 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2
Power (Max TDP) 45 watts 108 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 76800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 3600 Mtexels/sec 34000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 1800 Mpixels/sec 13600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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