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GeForce GTS 450 1GB vs Radeon HD 5870

Intro

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 783 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 902 MHz on this particular model. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5870, which has a clock speed of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1200 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 1600(320x5) SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 106 Watts
Radeon HD 5870 188 Watts
Difference: 82 Watts (77%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 5870, in theory, should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTS 450 1GB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 5870 153600 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 450 1GB 57728 MB/sec
Difference: 95872 (166%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5870 is a lot (more or less 171%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTS 450 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 5870 68000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTS 450 1GB 25056 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 42944 (171%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 5870 will be quite a bit (about 117%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTS 450 1GB, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon HD 5870 27200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTS 450 1GB 12528 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 14672 (117%)

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

GeForce GTS 450 1GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5870

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTS 450 1GB Radeon HD 5870
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2010 September 23, 2009
Code Name GF106 Cypress XT
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 783 MHz 850 MHz
Shader Speed 1566 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 902 MHz (3608 MHz effective) 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 192 1600(320x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 80
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.2
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts 188 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 57728 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25056 Mtexels/sec 68000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12528 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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