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GeForce GTX 280 vs Radeon HD 5830

Intro

The GeForce GTX 280 comes with a clock speed of 602 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 1107 MHz. It also uses a 512-bit bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is made up of 240 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5830, which features a GPU core clock speed of 800 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1120(224x5) SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5830 175 Watts
GeForce GTX 280 236 Watts
Difference: 61 Watts (35%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 280 should perform a bit faster than the Radeon HD 5830 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 280 141696 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5830 128000 MB/sec
Difference: 13696 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 280 is a bit (approximately 8%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 5830. (explain)

GeForce GTX 280 48160 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5830 44800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3360 (8%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 280 will be quite a bit (about 51%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 5830, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 280 19264 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5830 12800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6464 (51%)

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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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 5830
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 17, 2008 February 25, 2010
Code Name G200 Cypress LE
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 602 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 2214 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 236 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 141696 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 48160 Mtexels/sec 44800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 19264 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 1120(224x5)
Texture Mapping Units 80 56
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1400 million 2154 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 3.2

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

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount 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 output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 280

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Radeon HD 5830

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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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