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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs GeForce GTS 450

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTS 450, which features GPU core speed of 783 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 902 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 192 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
GeForce GTS 450 106 Watts
Difference: 1 Watts (1%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTS 450 is 0% quicker than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 57728 MB/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 128 (0%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should be quite a bit (more or less 34%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTS 450. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTS 450 25056 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8544 (34%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTS 450 will be much (about 31%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 12528 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2928 (31%)

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 9800 GT 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 9800 GT 1GB GeForce GTS 450
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 September 2010
Code Name G92a/b GF106
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 783 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3608 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 106 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 57728 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 25056 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 12528 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 192
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 1170 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB

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GeForce GTS 450

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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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