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GeForce 9800 GX2 vs Radeon HD 5750 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GX2 has core clock speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 5750 1GB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 700 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1150 MHz on this particular card. It features 720(144x5) SPUs along with 36 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5750 1GB 86 Watts
GeForce 9800 GX2 197 Watts
Difference: 111 Watts (129%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9800 GX2 should be 74% quicker than the Radeon HD 5750 1GB in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GX2 128000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5750 1GB 73600 MB/sec
Difference: 54400 (74%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GX2 should be quite a bit (about 205%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5750 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GX2 76800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5750 1GB 25200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 51600 (205%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GX2 will be much (approximately 71%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 5750 1GB, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GX2 19200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5750 1GB 11200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 8000 (71%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

GeForce 9800 GX2

Radeon HD 5750 1GB

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9800 GX2 Radeon HD 5750 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Mar 2008 October 13, 2009
Code Name G92 Juniper LE
Memory 512 MB (x2) 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz (x2) 700 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz (x2) 4600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 197 watts 86 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 73600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 76800 Mtexels/sec 25200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 19200 Mpixels/sec 11200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 (x2) 720(144x5)
Texture Mapping Units 64 (x2) 36
Render Output Units 16 (x2) 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 1040 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better 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 per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka 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, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

GeForce 9800 GX2

Radeon HD 5750 1GB

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