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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB vs Radeon R9 M270X

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB comes with clock speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 M270X, which has a core clock speed of 725 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1125 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon R9 M270X should in theory be a lot superior to the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 M270X 72000 MB/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 14400 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB should be just a bit (about 16%) more effective at AF than the Radeon R9 M270X. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M270X 29000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4600 (16%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 M270X will be a lot (about 21%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB, and capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon R9 M270X 11600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 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 512MB

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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 512MB Radeon R9 M270X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 May 1 2014
Code Name G92a/b Venus XT
Memory 512 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 maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

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

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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB

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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