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GeForce 9800 GTX+ vs Radeon R9 M270X

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GTX+ features a core clock speed of 738 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 1100 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It is made up of 128 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 M270X, which features GPU clock speed of 725 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 640 Stream Processors, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon R9 M270X should be a small bit faster than the GeForce 9800 GTX+ overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 M270X 72000 MB/sec
GeForce 9800 GTX+ 70400 MB/sec
Difference: 1600 (2%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GTX+ should be a lot (approximately 63%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon R9 M270X. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX+ 47232 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M270X 29000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18232 (63%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GTX+ should be just a bit (approximately 2%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon R9 M270X, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX+ 11808 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M270X 11600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 208 (2%)

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+

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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 GTX+ Radeon R9 M270X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 May 1 2014
Code Name G92b Venus XT
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 725 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 29000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 11600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 640
Texture Mapping Units 64 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 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 maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units 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 output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GTX+

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 M270X

Amazon.com

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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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