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GeForce 9800 GTX vs Radeon HD 4850 2GB

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GTX has core clock speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 1100 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 4850 2GB, which comes with a clock speed of 625 MHz and a GDDR4 memory frequency of 993 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It is comprised of 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 2GB 110 Watts
GeForce 9800 GTX 140 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (27%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9800 GTX, in theory, should be just a bit faster than the Radeon HD 4850 2GB in general. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX 70400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 63552 MB/sec
Difference: 6848 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GTX is a lot (about 73%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4850 2GB. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX 43200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18200 (73%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 9800 GTX is the winner, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX 10800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 10000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 800 (8%)

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 GTX

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Radeon HD 4850 2GB

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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 GTX Radeon HD 4850 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2008 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name G92 RV770 PRO
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 625 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 1986 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 140 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 63552 MB/sec
Texel Rate 43200 Mtexels/sec 25000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10800 Mpixels/sec 10000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 64 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR4
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 55 nm
Transistors 754 million 956 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill 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 maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GTX

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Radeon HD 4850 2GB

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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