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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 7850

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7850, which comes with clock speeds of 860 MHz on the GPU, and 1200 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. 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

The Radeon HD 7850, in theory, should be much faster than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7850 will be quite a bit (about 64%) more effective at texture 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

The Radeon HD 7850 is much (approximately 187%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (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 max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many 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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