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GeForce GT 1030 vs Radeon HD 3850 X2

Intro

The GeForce GT 1030 has clock speeds of 1265 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 3850 X2, which comes with GPU core speed of 668 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM set to run at 828 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 320(64x5) Stream Processors, 16 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 3850 X2 should in theory be a lot better than the GeForce GT 1030 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 3850 X2 105984 MB/sec
GeForce GT 1030 49152 MB/sec
Difference: 56832 (116%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 will be quite a bit (more or less 89%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 3850 X2. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 40480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 X2 21376 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19104 (89%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 3850 X2 should be just a bit (more or less 6%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GT 1030, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon HD 3850 X2 21376 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 1030 20240 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1136 (6%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GT 1030

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Radeon HD 3850 X2

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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 GT 1030 Radeon HD 3850 X2
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2017 Apr 4, 2008
Code Name GP108-300 RV670 PRO
Memory 2048 MB 512 MB (x2)
Core Speed 1265 MHz 668 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 1656 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 30 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 49152 MB/sec 105984 MB/sec
Texel Rate 40480 Mtexels/sec 21376 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20240 Mpixels/sec 21376 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 320(64x5) (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 32 16 (x2)
Render Output Units 16 16 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 256-bit (x2)
Fab Process 16 nm 55 nm
Transistors 3300 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16/(internal PCIe 1.1 x16)
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher 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 that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 1030

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Radeon HD 3850 X2

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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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