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GeForce GTX 860M vs Radeon HD 4730

Intro

The GeForce GTX 860M makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 797 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 1152 SPUs along with 96 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4730, which makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 700 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 640(128x5) SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 860M 45 Watts
Radeon HD 4730 140 Watts
Difference: 95 Watts (211%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 860M should perform just a bit faster than the Radeon HD 4730 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 860M 64000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4730 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 860M will be a lot (about 242%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 4730. (explain)

GeForce GTX 860M 76512 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4730 22400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 54112 (242%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 860M is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 860M 12752 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4730 5600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7152 (128%)

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 GTX 860M

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 860M Radeon HD 4730
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 12 2014 Jun 8, 2009
Code Name GM107 RV770/CE
Memory 4096 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 797 MHz 700 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 45 watts 140 watts
Bandwidth 64000 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 76512 Mtexels/sec 22400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12752 Mpixels/sec 5600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 640(128x5)
Texture Mapping Units 96 32
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 55 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 956 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 860M

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Radeon HD 4730

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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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