Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 9800 GX2 vs Radeon HD 4870 512MB
IntroThe GeForce 9800 GX2 uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.
Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 4870 512MB, which makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 750 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.
Supreme Commander 2
GeForce 9800 GX2 wins
(Based entirely on the benchmarks listed above)
When combining all game benchmark scores on this page together, the GeForce 9800 GX2 wins overall, by 4 FPS. Please note that we do not have the results of every benchmark ever done for these cards, so the results may differ wildly in different games.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Performance-wise, the GeForce 9800 GX2 should theoretically be a bit better than the Radeon HD 4870 512MB in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 9800 GX2 should be much (more or less 156%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 4870 512MB. (explain)
Pixel RateIf running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9800 GX2 is the winner, and very much so. (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.
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.
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.
Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock 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 bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.