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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 7850

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7850, which has clock speeds of 860 MHz on the GPU, and 1200 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
Radeon HD 7850 130 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (24%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 7850 should be 167% quicker than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB overall, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 153600 MB/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 96000 (167%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7850 is a lot (more or less 64%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 55040 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 21440 (64%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7850 is the winner, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 27520 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 17920 (187%)

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 1GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7850

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 9800 GT 1GB Radeon HD 7850
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 March 2012
Code Name G92a/b Pitcairn Pro
Fab Process 65/55 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 860 MHz
Shader Speed 1500 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective) 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 112 1024
Texture Mapping Units 56 64
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 130 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 55040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 27520 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: 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 calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. 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 also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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