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GeForce GTS 450 vs Radeon HD 4850 2GB

Intro

The GeForce GTS 450 features clock speeds of 783 MHz on the GPU, and 902 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4850 2GB, which comes with a clock speed of 625 MHz and a GDDR4 memory frequency of 993 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It is made up of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTS 450 106 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 110 Watts
Difference: 4 Watts (4%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 4850 2GB should in theory perform just a bit faster than the GeForce GTS 450 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 2GB 63552 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 450 57728 MB/sec
Difference: 5824 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 450 should be a small bit (about 0%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4850 2GB. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 25056 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 56 (0%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 450 is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 12528 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 10000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2528 (25%)

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 GTS 450

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Radeon HD 4850 2GB

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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 GTS 450 Radeon HD 4850 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2010 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name GF106 RV770 PRO
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 783 MHz 625 MHz
Memory Speed 3608 MHz 1986 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 57728 MB/sec 63552 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25056 Mtexels/sec 25000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12528 Mpixels/sec 10000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR4
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Transistors 1170 million 956 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

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GeForce GTS 450

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 4850 2GB

Amazon.com

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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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