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GeForce GTX 980M vs Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980M comes with a GPU core speed of 1038 MHz, and the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1536 SPUs, 96 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB, which has a GPU core clock speed of 625 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory running at 993 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 800(160x5) Stream Processors, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 980M 100 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB 250 Watts
Difference: 150 Watts (150%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 980M should theoretically be a small bit faster than the Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 128000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB 127104 MB/sec
Difference: 896 (1%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M should be much (about 99%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 99648 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB 50000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 49648 (99%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980M is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 66432 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB 20000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 46432 (232%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 980M

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Radeon HD 4850 X2 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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 980M Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 7 2014 Nov 7, 2008
Code Name GM204 R700
Memory 4096 MB 1024 MB (x2)
Core Speed 1038 MHz 625 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 1986 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 100 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 127104 MB/sec
Texel Rate 99648 Mtexels/sec 50000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 66432 Mpixels/sec 20000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 800(160x5) (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 96 40 (x2)
Render Output Units 64 16 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit (x2)
Fab Process 28 nm 55 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 956 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16 (PCIe bridge)
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high 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 by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the 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 - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 980M

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Radeon HD 4850 X2 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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