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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs Radeon R9 M270X

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB features a GPU clock speed of 600 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 M270X, which has GPU core speed of 725 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 640 Stream Processors, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R9 M270X should perform much faster than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should be just a bit (approximately 16%) faster with regards to anisotropic 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 should be much (more or less 21%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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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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 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core 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 a second.

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