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GeForce GT 1030 vs Radeon HD 3850 512MB

Intro

The GeForce GT 1030 features a GPU clock speed of 1265 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1502 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 384 Stream Processors, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 3850 512MB, which has core clock speeds of 668 MHz on the GPU, and 828 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 320(64x5) SPUs along with 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 512MB 75 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (150%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 3850 512MB, in theory, should be just a bit faster than the GeForce GT 1030 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 3850 512MB 52992 MB/sec
GeForce GT 1030 49152 MB/sec
Difference: 3840 (8%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 is a lot (about 279%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 3850 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 40480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 512MB 10688 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 29792 (279%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GT 1030 is superior to the Radeon HD 3850 512MB, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 20240 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 512MB 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

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Radeon HD 3850 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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 1030 Radeon HD 3850 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2017 Nov 19, 2007
Code Name GP108-300 RV670 PRO
Memory 2048 MB 512 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its 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 clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GT 1030

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Radeon HD 3850 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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