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GeForce 8400 GS 512MB vs Radeon HD 5450

Intro

The GeForce 8400 GS 512MB features a GPU core speed of 650 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM is set to run at 400 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 16 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 5450, which has GPU core speed of 650 MHz, and 512 MB of DDR3 RAM set to run at 800 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 80(16x5) SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5450 19 Watts
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 40 Watts
Difference: 21 Watts (111%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 5450 should be 100% quicker than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 5450 12800 MB/sec
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 6400 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (100%)

Texel Rate

Both cards have the exact same texel rate, so in theory they should be equally good at at AF. (explain)

Pixel Rate

Both cards have the exact same pixel rate, so theoretically they should perform equally good at at AA, and be able to handle the same screen resolutions. (explain)

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 8400 GS 512MB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5450

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 8400 GS 512MB Radeon HD 5450
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2007 February 4, 2010
Code Name G86 Cedar PRO
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 40 watts 19 watts
Bandwidth 6400 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 5200 Mtexels/sec 5200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2600 Mpixels/sec 2600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 80(16x5)
Texture Mapping Units 8 8
Render Output Units 4 4
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 40 nm
Transistors 210 million 292 million
Bus PCIe x16, PCI PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at 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 the video card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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