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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 4850 2GB

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB features a GPU core speed of 600 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 4850 2GB, which uses a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 625 MHz. The GDDR4 RAM works at a speed of 993 MHz on this particular model. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 110 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (5%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 4850 2GB should be just a bit faster than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 2GB 63552 MB/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 5952 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should be quite a bit (approximately 34%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 4850 2GB. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8600 (34%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 2GB is a small bit (about 4%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 2GB 10000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 400 (4%)

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 1GB

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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 GT 1GB Radeon HD 4850 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name G92a/b RV770 PRO
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 625 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1986 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 63552 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 25000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 10000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 56 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR4
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65/55 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called 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 of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB

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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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