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GeForce GT 1030 vs Radeon HD 3870 512MB

Intro

The GeForce GT 1030 comes with a core clock speed of 1265 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1502 MHz. It also makes use of a 64-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 16 nm design. It is comprised of 384 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 3870 512MB, which makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 775 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this model. It features 320(64x5) SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 1030 30 Watts
Radeon HD 3870 512MB 106 Watts
Difference: 76 Watts (253%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 3870 512MB, in theory, should perform a little bit faster than the GeForce GT 1030 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 3870 512MB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 1030 49152 MB/sec
Difference: 8448 (17%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 should be much (about 226%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 3870 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 40480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3870 512MB 12400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 28080 (226%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GT 1030 is superior to the Radeon HD 3870 512MB, by far. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 20240 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 3870 512MB 12400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7840 (63%)

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 GT 1030

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Radeon HD 3870 512MB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 1030 Radeon HD 3870 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2017 Nov 19, 2007
Code Name GP108-300 RV670 XT
Memory 2048 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 1265 MHz 775 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 30 watts 106 watts
Bandwidth 49152 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 40480 Mtexels/sec 12400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20240 Mpixels/sec 12400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 320(64x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 16
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 55 nm
Transistors 3300 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16/AGP 8x
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly write to the 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 speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GT 1030

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Radeon HD 3870 512MB

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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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