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GeForce GT 450 (OEM) vs Radeon HD 7870

Intro

The GeForce GT 450 (OEM) uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 790 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 144 SPUs along with 24 TAUs and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7870, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1200 MHz on this specific model. It features 1280 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 450 (OEM) 106 Watts
Radeon HD 7870 175 Watts
Difference: 69 Watts (65%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7870 should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GT 450 (OEM) in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 153600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 450 (OEM) 96000 MB/sec
Difference: 57600 (60%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7870 is a lot (approximately 322%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GT 450 (OEM). (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 80000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 450 (OEM) 18960 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 61040 (322%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7870 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 32000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 450 (OEM) 18960 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13040 (69%)

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 GT 450 (OEM)

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7870

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 450 (OEM) Radeon HD 7870
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2010 March 2012
Code Name GF106 Pitcairn XT
Memory 1536 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 790 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 96000 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 18960 Mtexels/sec 80000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 18960 Mpixels/sec 32000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 144 1280
Texture Mapping Units 24 80
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1170 million 2800 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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