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GeForce GTX 280 vs Radeon HD 4870 512MB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 280 has clock speeds of 602 MHz on the GPU, and 1107 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 240 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4870 512MB, which features core speeds of 750 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4870 512MB 150 Watts
GeForce GTX 280 236 Watts
Difference: 86 Watts (57%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 280 should perform much faster than the Radeon HD 4870 512MB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 280 141696 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 115200 MB/sec
Difference: 26496 (23%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 280 is a lot (about 61%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 4870 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 280 48160 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18160 (61%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 280 is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 280 19264 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 12000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7264 (61%)

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 280

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Radeon HD 4870 512MB

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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 GTX 280 Radeon HD 4870 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 17, 2008 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name G200 RV770 XT
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 602 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 2214 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 236 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 141696 MB/sec 115200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 48160 Mtexels/sec 30000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 19264 Mpixels/sec 12000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 80 40
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 55 nm
Transistors 1400 million 956 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 280

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Radeon HD 4870 512MB

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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.

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