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GeForce GTX 980M vs Radeon HD 4870 2GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980M comes with a core clock frequency of 1038 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1536 SPUs, 96 Texture Address Units, and 64 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4870 2GB, which comes with a core clock speed of 750 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It features 800(160x5) SPUs, 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 4870 2GB 150 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 980M, in theory, should be just a bit faster than the Radeon HD 4870 2GB in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M will be a lot (approximately 232%) more effective at AF 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 running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980M is a better choice, and very much so. (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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range 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 calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the 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 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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