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GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB vs Radeon HD 4650 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB uses a 90 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 513 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a speed of 792 MHz on this specific model. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 20 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 4650 1GB, which has a GPU core clock speed of 600 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory set to run at 700 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 320(64x5) SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4650 1GB 55 Watts
GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB 143 Watts
Difference: 88 Watts (160%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB, in theory, should be a lot faster than the Radeon HD 4650 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB 63360 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4650 1GB 22400 MB/sec
Difference: 40960 (183%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB is quite a bit (approximately 28%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 4650 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB 24624 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4650 1GB 19200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5424 (28%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB is a lot (more or less 114%) better at AA than the Radeon HD 4650 1GB, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB 10260 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4650 1GB 4800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5460 (114%)

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 GTS (G80) 640MB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 4650 1GB

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB Radeon HD 4650 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Nov 2006 (640) Sep 10, 2008
Code Name G80 RV730 PRO
Memory 640 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 513 MHz 600 MHz
Memory Speed 1584 MHz 1400 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 143 watts 55 watts
Bandwidth 63360 MB/sec 22400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 24624 Mtexels/sec 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10260 Mpixels/sec 4800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 320(64x5)
Texture Mapping Units 48 32
Render Output Units 20 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 320-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 90 nm 55 nm
Transistors 681 million 514 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16, AGP 8x
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 (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the 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 most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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