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GeForce 8500 GT vs Radeon HD 4550 256MB

Intro

The GeForce 8500 GT uses a 80 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 450 MHz. The DDR2 RAM runs at a frequency of 400 MHz on this model. It features 16 SPUs as well as 8 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 4550 256MB, which has a GPU core clock speed of 600 MHz, and 256 MB of DDR3 memory set to run at 800 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is made up of 80(16x5) SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4550 256MB 25 Watts
GeForce 8500 GT 45 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (80%)

Memory Bandwidth

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4550 256MB is a lot (about 33%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8500 GT. (explain)

Radeon HD 4550 256MB 4800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8500 GT 3600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 1200 (33%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4550 256MB is superior to the GeForce 8500 GT, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 4550 256MB 2400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8500 GT 1800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 600 (33%)

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 8500 GT

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Radeon HD 4550 256MB

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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 8500 GT Radeon HD 4550 256MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 Sep 30, 2008
Code Name G86 RV710
Memory 512 MB 256 MB
Core Speed 450 MHz 600 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 45 watts 25 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 3600 Mtexels/sec 4800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 1800 Mpixels/sec 2400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 80(16x5)
Texture Mapping Units 8 8
Render Output Units 4 4
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 55 nm
Transistors 210 million 242 million
Bus PCIe x16, PCI, 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory per 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 - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8500 GT

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Radeon HD 4550 256MB

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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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