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GeForce GTS 450 1GB vs Radeon HD 4850 512MB


Intro

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 783 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 902 MHz on this specific card. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 4850 512MB, which has GPU core speed of 625 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR3 memory set to run at 993 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 106 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 512MB 110 Watts
Difference: 4 Watts (4%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 4850 512MB should be a bit faster than the GeForce GTS 450 1GB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 512MB 63552 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 450 1GB 57728 MB/sec
Difference: 5824 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB should be a small bit (about 0%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 4850 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 25056 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 512MB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 56 (0%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 450 1GB is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 12528 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 512MB 10000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2528 (25%)

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 1GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 4850 512MB

Amazon.com

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 1GB Radeon HD 4850 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2010 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name GF106 RV770 PRO
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 783 MHz 625 MHz
Memory Speed 3608 MHz 1986 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 57728 MB/sec 63552 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25056 Mtexels/sec 25000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12528 Mpixels/sec 10000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Transistors 1170 million 956 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTS 450 1GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 4850 512MB

Amazon.com

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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