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GeForce 9800 GX2 vs Radeon HD 5750 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GX2 has a GPU core speed of 600 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 128 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5750 1GB, which comes with clock speeds of 700 MHz on the GPU, and 1150 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 720(144x5) SPUs as well as 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

The GeForce 9800 GX2, in theory, should be a lot faster than the Radeon HD 5750 1GB in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GX2 is much (about 205%) better at AF 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

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 9800 GX2 is superior to the Radeon HD 5750 1GB, by a large margin. (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

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GeForce 9800 GX2

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Radeon HD 5750 1GB

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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 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better 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 are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GX2

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Radeon HD 5750 1GB

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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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