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GeForce GTS 450 vs Radeon HD 3850 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GTS 450 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 783 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 902 MHz on this specific model. It features 192 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 3850 1GB, which has core clock speeds of 668 MHz on the GPU, and 828 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 320(64x5) SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 3850 1GB 75 Watts
GeForce GTS 450 106 Watts
Difference: 31 Watts (41%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTS 450 should theoretically be a small bit better than the Radeon HD 3850 1GB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 57728 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3850 1GB 52992 MB/sec
Difference: 4736 (9%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 450 will be much (approximately 134%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 3850 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 25056 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 1GB 10688 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14368 (134%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA 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 1GB 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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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 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2010 Nov 19, 2007
Code Name GF106 RV670 PRO
Memory 512 MB 1024 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number 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 processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units 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 lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTS 450

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Radeon HD 3850 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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