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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 7850

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB comes with a core clock frequency of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is made up of 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7850, which features a GPU core clock speed of 860 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1200 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1024 Stream Processors, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation 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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7850 should be 167% faster than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB overall, 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 should be much (about 64%) better 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

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7850 is the winner, and very much so. (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

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

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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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock 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 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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