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GeForce GTX 980M vs Radeon HD 4870 2GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980M has core clock speeds of 1038 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1536 SPUs along with 96 Texture Address Units and 64 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 4870 2GB, which has a clock speed of 750 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is made up of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 980M 100 Watts
Radeon HD 4870 2GB 150 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 980M should theoretically be a bit better than the Radeon HD 4870 2GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 128000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4870 2GB 115200 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M should be a lot (approximately 232%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4870 2GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 99648 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 2GB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 69648 (232%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980M is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 66432 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 2GB 12000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 54432 (454%)

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 980M

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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 4870 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 7 2014 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name GM204 RV770 XT
Memory 4096 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1038 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 100 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 115200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 99648 Mtexels/sec 30000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 66432 Mpixels/sec 12000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 96 40
Render Output Units 64 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 55 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 956 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 980M

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Radeon HD 4870 2GB

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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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