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GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) vs Radeon HD 3850 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) comes with core speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 970 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 3850 512MB, which comes with 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 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 3850 512MB 75 Watts
GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 135 Watts
Difference: 60 Watts (80%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) should be a small bit faster than the Radeon HD 3850 512MB overall. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 62080 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3850 512MB 52992 MB/sec
Difference: 9088 (17%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) should be much (about 289%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 3850 512MB. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 41600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 512MB 10688 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 30912 (289%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 3850 512MB will be just a bit (approximately 3%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce 8800 GTS (G92), and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 3850 512MB 10688 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 288 (3%)

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 8800 GTS (G92)

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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 8800 GTS (G92) Radeon HD 3850 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Dec 2007 Nov 19, 2007
Code Name G92 RV670 PRO
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 668 MHz
Memory Speed 1940 MHz 1656 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 135 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 62080 MB/sec 52992 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41600 Mtexels/sec 10688 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 10688 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 320(64x5)
Texture Mapping Units 64 16
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 55 nm
Transistors 754 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16/AGP 8x
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once 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 AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core 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 number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate 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 fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GTS (G92)

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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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