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GeForce GT 1030 vs Radeon HD 3690/3830

Intro

The GeForce GT 1030 comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1265 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1502 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is made up of 384 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 3690/3830, which comes with GPU clock speed of 668 MHz, and 256 MB of GDDR3 RAM running at 828 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 320(64x5) SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 1030 30 Watts
Radeon HD 3690/3830 75 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (150%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GT 1030 should in theory be a lot better than the Radeon HD 3690/3830 overall. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 49152 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3690/3830 26496 MB/sec
Difference: 22656 (86%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 should be a lot (approximately 279%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 3690/3830. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 40480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3690/3830 10688 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 29792 (279%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 is much (about 89%) better at AA than the Radeon HD 3690/3830, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 20240 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 3690/3830 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 3690/3830

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 3690/3830
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2017 2008
Code Name GP108-300 RV670 PRO
Memory 2048 MB 256 MB
Core Speed 1265 MHz 668 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 1656 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 30 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 49152 MB/sec 26496 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 128-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 55 nm
Transistors 3300 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 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 (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better 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 one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 1030

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 3690/3830

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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