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GeForce 8500 GT vs Radeon HD 5770

Intro

The GeForce 8500 GT makes use of a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 450 MHz. The DDR2 RAM runs at a frequency of 400 MHz on this card. It features 16 SPUs along with 8 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 5770, which has GPU clock speed of 850 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1200 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

(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

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 5770 should theoretically be a lot better 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 will be much (more or less 844%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8500 GT. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 5770 should be a lot (about 656%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8500 GT, and should be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (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 data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses 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, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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