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GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB vs Radeon HD 4850 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB has clock speeds of 513 MHz on the GPU, and 792 MHz on the 320 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 20 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4850 1GB, which uses a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 625 MHz. The GDDR4 memory is set to run at a speed of 993 MHz on this specific model. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4850 1GB 110 Watts
GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 143 Watts
Difference: 33 Watts (30%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 4850 1GB is 0% quicker than the GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB overall, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 1GB 63552 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 63360 MB/sec
Difference: 192 (0%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 1GB should be a little bit (approximately 2%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 1GB 25000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 24624 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 376 (2%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB is superior to the Radeon HD 4850 1GB, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 10260 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 1GB 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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB Radeon HD 4850 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2007 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name G80 RV770 PRO
Memory 320 MB 1024 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 GDDR4
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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB

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Radeon HD 4850 1GB

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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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