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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GT 1030

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB comes with a GPU core speed of 600 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 112 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GT 1030, which has a core clock speed of 1265 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1502 MHz. It also uses a 64-bit bus, and uses a 16 nm design. It is comprised of 384 SPUs, 32 TAUs, 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

Performance-wise, the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB should in theory be a small bit better 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 will be a little bit (approximately 20%) more effective at anisotropic filtering 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 lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GT 1030 is superior to the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB, by a large margin. (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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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 information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher 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 most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max 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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