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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs GeForce GTS 450

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB comes with a GPU core clock speed of 600 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 112 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTS 450, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 783 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 902 MHz on this particular card. It features 192 SPUs along with 32 TAUs 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 should perform a bit faster than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB in general. (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 much (approximately 34%) better at AF than the GeForce GTS 450. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 450 is a better choice, by a large margin. (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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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.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip 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 Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few 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 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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