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GeForce GT 1030 vs Radeon HD 3850 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GT 1030 uses a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1265 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1502 MHz on this particular model. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 3850 1GB, which features core clock speeds of 668 MHz on the GPU, and 828 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 320(64x5) SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 1030 30 Watts
Radeon HD 3850 1GB 75 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (150%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 3850 1GB should be 8% quicker than the GeForce GT 1030 overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 3850 1GB 52992 MB/sec
GeForce GT 1030 49152 MB/sec
Difference: 3840 (8%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 will be quite a bit (about 279%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 3850 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 40480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 1GB 10688 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 29792 (279%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 will be quite a bit (approximately 89%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon HD 3850 1GB, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 20240 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 1GB 10688 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9552 (89%)

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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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 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2017 Nov 19, 2007
Code Name GP108-300 RV670 PRO
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1265 MHz 668 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 1656 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 30 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 49152 MB/sec 52992 MB/sec
Texel Rate 40480 Mtexels/sec 10688 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20240 Mpixels/sec 10688 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 max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated 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 texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - 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 1GB

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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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