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GeForce 8500 GT vs Radeon R5 M330

Intro

The GeForce 8500 GT features a GPU core clock speed of 450 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM runs at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 16 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R5 M330, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1030 MHz. The DDR3 memory works at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 320 SPUs as well as 20 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon R5 M330 should in theory be a small bit better than the GeForce 8500 GT in general. (explain)

Radeon R5 M330 14400 MB/sec
GeForce 8500 GT 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 1600 (13%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R5 M330 is a lot (about 472%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 8500 GT. (explain)

Radeon R5 M330 20600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8500 GT 3600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 17000 (472%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R5 M330 is superior to the GeForce 8500 GT, by far. (explain)

Radeon R5 M330 8240 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8500 GT 1800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6440 (358%)

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 8500 GT

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Radeon R5 M330

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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 8500 GT Radeon R5 M330
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 2015
Code Name G86 Oland
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 450 MHz 1030 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 45 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 14400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 3600 Mtexels/sec 20600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 1800 Mpixels/sec 8240 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 320
Texture Mapping Units 8 20
Render Output Units 4 8
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 28 nm
Transistors 210 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16, PCI, PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's 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 quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8500 GT

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Radeon R5 M330

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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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