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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs Radeon HD 4670 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 4670 1GB, which features a clock frequency of 750 MHz and a GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2 memory speed of 1100 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It features 320(64x5) SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4670 1GB 70 Watts
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
Difference: 35 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB should in theory be a lot faster than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4670 1GB 35200 MB/sec
Difference: 22400 (64%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB is quite a bit (about 40%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4670 1GB 24000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9600 (40%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB should be quite a bit (approximately 60%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4670 1GB 6000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3600 (60%)

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 8800 GT 512MB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 4670 1GB

Amazon.com

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 8800 GT 512MB Radeon HD 4670 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Oct 2007 Sep 10, 2008
Code Name G92 RV730 XT
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 2200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 70 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 35200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 6000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 320(64x5)
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 55 nm
Transistors 754 million 514 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16, AGP 8x
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write 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 core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. 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 maximum fill rate.

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