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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs Radeon R9 M270X

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB comes with a GPU clock speed of 600 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 112 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 M270X, which comes with a clock frequency of 725 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1125 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R9 M270X will be 25% quicker than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon R9 M270X 72000 MB/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 14400 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB is just a bit (approximately 16%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon R9 M270X. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M270X 29000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4600 (16%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 M270X will be much (more or less 21%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon R9 M270X 11600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2000 (21%)

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 GT 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 9800 GT 1GB Radeon R9 M270X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 May 1 2014
Code Name G92a/b Venus XT
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 725 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 29000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 11600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 640
Texture Mapping Units 56 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the 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 in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB

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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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