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GeForce GTX 650 vs Radeon HD 4350

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 features a GPU clock speed of 1058 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1250 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 384 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4350, which has a clock speed of 575 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 500 MHz. It also uses a 64-bit bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It features 80(16x5) SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4350 22 Watts
GeForce GTX 650 64 Watts
Difference: 42 Watts (191%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 650 will be 900% quicker than the Radeon HD 4350 overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4350 8000 MB/sec
Difference: 72000 (900%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 650 will be quite a bit (approximately 636%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4350. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4350 4600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 29256 (636%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 650 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4350 2300 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 14628 (636%)

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 GTX 650

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 4350

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 GTX 650 Radeon HD 4350
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2012 Sep 30, 2008
Code Name GK107 RV710
Fab Process 28 nm 55 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16, PCI
Memory 2048 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 1058 MHz 575 MHz
Shader Speed 1058 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective) 500 MHz (1000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 384 80(16x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 8
Render Output Units 16 4
Bus Type GDDR5 DDR2
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 3.0
Power (Max TDP) 64 watts 22 watts
Shader Model 5.0 4.1
Bandwidth 80000 MB/sec 8000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33856 Mtexels/sec 4600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16928 Mpixels/sec 2300 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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