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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 set the core frequency at 783 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 902 MHz on this particular model. It features 192 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4770, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 750 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 800 MHz on this specific card. It features 640(128x5) SPUs along with 32 TAUs 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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTS 450 1GB should theoretically be just a bit better than the Radeon HD 4770 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB should be a little bit (more or less 4%) more effective at texture 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 a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 450 1GB is a better choice, not by a very large margin though. (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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate 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 rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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