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GeForce GTX 285 1GB vs Radeon HD 4670 512MB

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The GeForce GTX 285 1GB uses a 55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 648 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1242 MHz on this particular model. It features 240 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 4670 512MB, which has clock speeds of 750 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2 memory. It features 320(64x5) SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4670 512MB 70 Watts
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 204 Watts
Difference: 134 Watts (191%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 285 1GB should in theory be a lot better than the Radeon HD 4670 512MB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 285 1GB 158976 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4670 512MB 32000 MB/sec
Difference: 126976 (397%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 285 1GB is quite a bit (about 116%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4670 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 285 1GB 51840 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4670 512MB 24000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 27840 (116%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 285 1GB is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 285 1GB 20736 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4670 512MB 6000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 14736 (246%)

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 GTX 285 1GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 4670 512MB

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 285 1GB Radeon HD 4670 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 15, 2009 Sep 10, 2008
Code Name G200b RV730 XT
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 648 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 2484 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 204 watts 70 watts
Bandwidth 158976 MB/sec 32000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 51840 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20736 Mpixels/sec 6000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 320(64x5)
Texture Mapping Units 80 32
Render Output Units 32 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2
Bus Width 512-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 55 nm
Transistors 1400 million 514 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16, AGP 8x
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at 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 that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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