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GeForce 9800 GTX vs GeForce GTS 250 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GTX comes with a core clock frequency of 675 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 1100 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is made up of 128 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTS 250 1GB, which has clock speeds of 738 MHz on the GPU, and 1100 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9800 GTX 140 Watts
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 145 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (4%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should have the same performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB is a bit (about 9%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9800 GTX. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 47232 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9800 GTX 43200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4032 (9%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 250 1GB is superior to the GeForce 9800 GTX, not by a very large margin though. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 11808 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GTX 10800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1008 (9%)

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 9800 GTX

Amazon.com

GeForce GTS 250 1GB

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

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Model GeForce 9800 GTX GeForce GTS 250 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2008 March 3, 2009
Code Name G92 G92a/b
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 738 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 2200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 140 watts 145 watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 70400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 43200 Mtexels/sec 47232 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10800 Mpixels/sec 11808 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 128
Texture Mapping Units 64 64
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 65/55 nm
Transistors 754 million 754 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

Comments

2 Responses to “GeForce 9800 GTX vs GeForce GTS 250 1GB”
comparativa de vga ayuda !! says:

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tensai says:

they're almost the same thing, i think i'll go with the gtx 250...but the gtx 9800 is also a good choice!!

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