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GeForce GTS 450 1GB vs Radeon HD 4850 2GB

Intro

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB has clock speeds of 783 MHz on the GPU, and 902 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 192 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 4850 2GB, which has a clock frequency of 625 MHz and a GDDR4 memory speed of 993 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is comprised of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 106 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 110 Watts
Difference: 4 Watts (4%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 4850 2GB will be 10% faster than the GeForce GTS 450 1GB in general, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 2GB 63552 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 450 1GB 57728 MB/sec
Difference: 5824 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB will be just a bit (approximately 0%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 4850 2GB. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 25056 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 56 (0%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 450 1GB is superior to the Radeon HD 4850 2GB, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 12528 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 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

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Radeon HD 4850 2GB

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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 1GB Radeon HD 4850 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2010 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name GF106 RV770 PRO
Memory 1024 MB 2048 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 GDDR4
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 max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR 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 AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video 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 card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTS 450 1GB

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Radeon HD 4850 2GB

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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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