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GeForce GT 450 (OEM) vs Radeon HD 7870

Intro

The GeForce GT 450 (OEM) comes with a clock frequency of 790 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also features a 192-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 144 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7870, which comes with a clock frequency of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1200 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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, the Radeon HD 7870 should be a lot faster than the GeForce GT 450 (OEM) overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7870 will be quite a bit (about 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

The Radeon HD 7870 will be a lot (more or less 69%) more effective at AA than the GeForce GT 450 (OEM), and also able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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

GeForce GT 450 (OEM)

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7870

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 GT 450 (OEM) Radeon HD 7870
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2010 March 2012
Code Name GF106 Pitcairn XT
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1536 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 790 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed 1580 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective) 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 144 1280
Texture Mapping Units 24 80
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts 175 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 96000 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 18960 Mtexels/sec 80000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 18960 Mpixels/sec 32000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling 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 graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units 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 rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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