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GeForce 9800 GX2 vs Radeon R9 M270X

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GX2 makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a speed of 1000 MHz on this particular card. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 M270X, which comes with core speeds of 725 MHz on the GPU, and 1125 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce 9800 GX2 should in theory be much better than the Radeon R9 M270X overall. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GX2 128000 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M270X 72000 MB/sec
Difference: 56000 (78%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GX2 will be a lot (more or less 165%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon R9 M270X. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GX2 76800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M270X 29000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 47800 (165%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9800 GX2 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GX2 19200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M270X 11600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7600 (66%)

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 9800 GX2

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Radeon R9 M270X

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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 9800 GX2 Radeon R9 M270X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Mar 2008 May 1 2014
Code Name G92 Venus XT
Memory 512 MB (x2) 2048 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz (x2) 725 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz (x2) 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 197 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 76800 Mtexels/sec 29000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 19200 Mpixels/sec 11600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 (x2) 640
Texture Mapping Units 64 (x2) 40
Render Output Units 16 (x2) 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If 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 high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GX2

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Radeon R9 M270X

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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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