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GeForce GTS 450 1GB vs Radeon HD 4770

Intro

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB features a core clock frequency of 783 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 902 MHz. It also features 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 of that to the Radeon HD 4770, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 750 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 800 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 640(128x5) Stream Processors, 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

In theory, the GeForce GTS 450 1GB should be 13% faster than the Radeon HD 4770 in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (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 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 running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 450 1GB is superior to the Radeon HD 4770, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (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

Radeon HD 4770

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 max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core 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 processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

GeForce GTS 450 1GB

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