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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GT 1030

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB has a GPU clock speed of 600 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 112 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 1030, which makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1265 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1502 MHz on this particular card. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 1030 30 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
Difference: 75 Watts (250%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB should perform just a bit faster than the GeForce GT 1030 overall. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 1030 49152 MB/sec
Difference: 8448 (17%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 should be a bit (about 20%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 40480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6880 (20%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GT 1030 is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 20240 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10640 (111%)

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 9800 GT 512MB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9800 GT 512MB GeForce GT 1030
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 May 2017
Code Name G92a/b GP108-300
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 1265 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 30 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 49152 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 40480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 20240 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 384
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 16 nm
Transistors 754 million 3300 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB

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GeForce GT 1030

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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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