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GeForce GT 1030 vs Radeon HD 3850 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GT 1030 makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1265 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1502 MHz on this specific model. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 3850 1GB, which comes with clock speeds of 668 MHz on the GPU, and 828 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 320(64x5) SPUs as well as 16 TAUs 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

The Radeon HD 3850 1GB, in theory, should perform a bit faster than the GeForce GT 1030 in general. (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 a lot (approximately 279%) more effective at anisotropic filtering 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

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GT 1030 is a better choice, by a large margin. (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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GeForce GT 1030

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 3850 1GB

Amazon.com

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 largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video 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 that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 1030

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 3850 1GB

Amazon.com

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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