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GeForce GTS 450 vs Radeon HD 3850 256MB

Intro

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

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 3850 256MB, which has a GPU core clock speed of 668 MHz, and 256 MB of GDDR3 RAM running at 828 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 320(64x5) SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 3850 256MB 75 Watts
GeForce GTS 450 106 Watts
Difference: 31 Watts (41%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTS 450 should be just a bit faster than the Radeon HD 3850 256MB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 57728 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3850 256MB 52992 MB/sec
Difference: 4736 (9%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 450 will be much (approximately 134%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 3850 256MB. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 25056 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 256MB 10688 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14368 (134%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 450 is the winner, but not by far. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 12528 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 256MB 10688 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1840 (17%)

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 3850 256MB

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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 3850 256MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2010 Nov 19, 2007
Code Name GF106 RV670 PRO
Memory 512 MB 256 MB
Core Speed 783 MHz 668 MHz
Memory Speed 3608 MHz 1656 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 57728 MB/sec 52992 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25056 Mtexels/sec 10688 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12528 Mpixels/sec 10688 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 320(64x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 16
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Transistors 1170 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16/AGP 8x
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTS 450

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 3850 256MB

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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