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GeForce GTS 450 1GB vs Radeon HD 4770

Intro

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB has a clock frequency of 783 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 902 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 192 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4770, which comes with core clock speeds of 750 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 640(128x5) SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTS 450 1GB should in theory be a small bit better 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 is a little bit (about 4%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 4770. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB should be a bit (about 4%) more effective at AA than the Radeon HD 4770, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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

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GeForce GTS 450 1GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 4770

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTS 450 1GB Radeon HD 4770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2010 Apr 28, 2009
Code Name GF106 RV740
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 783 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 3608 MHz 3200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 57728 MB/sec 51200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25056 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12528 Mpixels/sec 12000 Mpixels/sec
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
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1170 million 826 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, 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, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock 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 rate also depends on many other factors, most notably 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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