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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs Radeon HD 4670 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB comes with a GPU core clock speed of 600 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 112 Stream Processors, 56 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4670 1GB, which features GPU core speed of 750 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2 memory set to run at 1100 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 320(64x5) SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X

Settings: High Quality
AA: 4x
AF: 8x
Resolution: 1680x1050
Test Machine: Tom's Hardware Charts Test Rig (Source)
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 32 FPS
Radeon HD 4670 1GB 21 FPS
Difference: 11 FPS (52%)

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 theoretically be quite a bit 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%) more effective at AF 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

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB is the winner, and very much so. (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

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 4670 1GB

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce 8800 GT 512MB Radeon HD 4670 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Oct 2007 Sep 10, 2008
Code Name G92 RV730 XT
Fab Process 65 nm 55 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16, AGP 8x
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 750 MHz
Shader Speed 1500 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective) 1100 MHz (2200 MHz effective)
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
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 70 watts
Shader Model 4.0 4.1
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 35200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 6000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video 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 amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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