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GeForce 9800 GTX+ vs Radeon HD 4850 2GB

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GTX+ uses a 55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 738 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 1100 MHz on this model. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 4850 2GB, which has core clock speeds of 625 MHz on the GPU, and 993 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR4 RAM. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4850 2GB 110 Watts
GeForce 9800 GTX+ 145 Watts
Difference: 35 Watts (32%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9800 GTX+ will be 11% quicker than the Radeon HD 4850 2GB overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GTX+ is quite a bit (approximately 89%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 4850 2GB. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX+ 47232 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22232 (89%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GTX+ is a small bit (approximately 18%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4850 2GB, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX+ 11808 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 10000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1808 (18%)

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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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 July 2008 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name G92b RV770 PRO
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 625 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 1986 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 63552 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 25000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 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 55 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units 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 applied in a 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 amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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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.

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