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GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB vs Radeon HD 4850 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB makes use of a 90 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 513 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 792 MHz on this specific card. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 20 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 4850 512MB, which features a GPU core clock speed of 625 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM set to run at 993 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 800(160x5) Stream Processors, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4850 512MB 110 Watts
GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 143 Watts
Difference: 33 Watts (30%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 4850 512MB should be just a bit faster than the GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 512MB 63552 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 63360 MB/sec
Difference: 192 (0%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 512MB should be a bit (approximately 2%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 512MB 25000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 24624 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 376 (2%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB should be a small bit (approximately 3%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4850 512MB, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 10260 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 512MB 10000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 260 (3%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB Radeon HD 4850 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2007 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name G80 RV770 PRO
Memory 320 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 513 MHz 625 MHz
Memory Speed 1584 MHz 1986 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 143 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 63360 MB/sec 63552 MB/sec
Texel Rate 24624 Mtexels/sec 25000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10260 Mpixels/sec 10000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 48 40
Render Output Units 20 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 320-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 90 nm 55 nm
Transistors 681 million 956 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock 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 rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB

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Radeon HD 4850 512MB

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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.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB vs Radeon HD 4850 512MB”
Jarrett says:

I like how all of your tests are done in the highest possible resolution. Because the lower physical memory of the 8800 gts couldn't possibly bottleneck it at those resolutions. The results on a lower resolution where the cards are more equally matched would be better suited.

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