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GeForce GTS 450 1GB vs Radeon HD 4770

Intro

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

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4770, which has GPU clock speed of 750 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 800 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 640(128x5) Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4770 80 Watts
GeForce GTS 450 1GB 106 Watts
Difference: 26 Watts (33%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTS 450 1GB should perform a bit faster than the Radeon HD 4770 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 57728 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4770 51200 MB/sec
Difference: 6528 (13%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB will be just a bit (about 4%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4770. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 25056 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4770 24000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 1056 (4%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 450 1GB is superior to the Radeon HD 4770, though only just barely. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 12528 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4770 12000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 528 (4%)

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 4770

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTS 450 1GB Radeon HD 4770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2010 Apr 28, 2009
Code Name GF106 RV740
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 783 MHz 750 MHz
Shader Speed 1566 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 902 MHz (3608 MHz effective) 800 MHz (3200 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 192 640(128x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.0
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts 80 watts
Shader Model 5.0 4.1
Bandwidth 57728 MB/sec 51200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25056 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12528 Mpixels/sec 12000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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