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GeForce GTX 275 vs Radeon HD 4870 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 275 has a GPU core clock speed of 633 MHz, and the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 1134 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also is made up of 240 Stream Processors, 80 Texture Address Units, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4870 1GB, which comes with a core clock speed of 750 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is comprised of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4870 1GB 150 Watts
GeForce GTX 275 219 Watts
Difference: 69 Watts (46%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 275 should theoretically be a little bit faster than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 275 127008 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 115200 MB/sec
Difference: 11808 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 275 should be a lot (about 69%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 275 50640 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 20640 (69%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 275 will be a lot (more or less 48%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 275 17724 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 12000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5724 (48%)

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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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 275 Radeon HD 4870 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 9, 2009 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name G200b RV770 XT
Memory 896 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 633 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 2268 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 219 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 127008 MB/sec 115200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 50640 Mtexels/sec 30000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 17724 Mpixels/sec 12000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 80 40
Render Output Units 28 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 55 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video 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 most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 275

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Radeon HD 4870 1GB

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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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