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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 7850

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB features a GPU core speed of 600 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7850, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 860 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1200 MHz on this particular model. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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 will be 167% quicker than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB in general, because of 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 will be much (more or less 64%) more effective at AF 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 should be much (more or less 187%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (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

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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7850

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9800 GT 1GB Radeon HD 7850
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 March 2012
Code Name G92a/b Pitcairn Pro
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 860 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 55040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 27520 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 1024
Texture Mapping Units 56 64
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 million 2800 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units 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 processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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