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GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB vs Radeon HD 4850 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB uses a 90 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 513 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a speed of 792 MHz on this specific card. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 20 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 4850 512MB, which features a core clock speed of 625 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 993 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It features 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4850 512MB 110 Watts
GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB 143 Watts
Difference: 33 Watts (30%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 4850 512MB should theoretically perform just a bit faster than the GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 512MB 63552 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB 63360 MB/sec
Difference: 192 (0%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 512MB is just a bit (more or less 2%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 512MB 25000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB 24624 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 376 (2%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB will be just a bit (about 3%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 4850 512MB, and will be able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB 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.

Price Comparison

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GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB Radeon HD 4850 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Nov 2006 (640) Jun 25, 2008
Code Name G80 RV770 PRO
Memory 640 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 data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is worked out 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 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 number of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called 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 of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB

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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.

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