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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 4830 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB has clock speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 4830 1GB, which comes with GPU core speed of 575 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR4 RAM set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 640(128x5) SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4830 1GB 95 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (11%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same bandwidth, so theoretically they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB is much (more or less 83%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 4830 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4830 1GB 18400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15200 (83%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB is a better choice, though only just barely. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4830 1GB 9200 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 4830 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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9800 GT 1GB Radeon HD 4830 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 Oct 21, 2008
Code Name G92a/b RV770 LE
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 575 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 95 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 18400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 9200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 640(128x5)
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
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 max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as 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, most notably the memory bandwidth - 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 4830 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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