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

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB comes with a GPU core clock speed of 513 MHz, and the 640 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 792 MHz through a 320-bit bus. It also features 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 20 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4650 1GB, which comes with a core clock frequency of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 700 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It features 320(64x5) SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB should theoretically be quite a bit better 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 should be quite a bit (approximately 28%) better at 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 should be much (about 114%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 4650 1GB, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (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

GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 4650 1GB

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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
Fab Process 90 nm 55 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16, AGP 8x
Memory 640 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 513 MHz 600 MHz
Shader Speed 1188 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 792 MHz (1584 MHz effective) 700 MHz (1400 MHz effective)
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
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0
Power (Max TDP) 143 watts 55 watts
Shader Model 4.0 4.1
Bandwidth 63360 MB/sec 22400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 24624 Mtexels/sec 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10260 Mpixels/sec 4800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. 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 quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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