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GeForce GTS 450 vs Radeon HD 4850 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GTS 450 has a clock frequency of 783 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 902 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 192 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4850 1GB, which features core speeds of 625 MHz on the GPU, and 993 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR4 memory. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTS 450 106 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 1GB 110 Watts
Difference: 4 Watts (4%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 4850 1GB should be 10% quicker than the GeForce GTS 450 overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 1GB 63552 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 450 57728 MB/sec
Difference: 5824 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 450 should be just a bit (more or less 0%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4850 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 25056 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 1GB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 56 (0%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 450 is superior to the Radeon HD 4850 1GB, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 12528 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 1GB 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 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 GTS 450 Radeon HD 4850 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2010 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name GF106 RV770 PRO
Memory 512 MB 1024 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 applied 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 higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTS 450

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 4850 1GB

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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