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GeForce GTS 450 1GB vs Radeon HD 4770
IntroThe GeForce GTS 450 1GB has core speeds of 783 MHz on the GPU, and 902 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. 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 RAM is set to run at a speed of 800 MHz on this particular card. It features 640(128x5) SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Performance-wise, the GeForce GTS 450 1GB should in theory be a small bit better than the Radeon HD 4770 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTS 450 1GB will be a small bit (approximately 4%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4770. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTS 450 1GB will be a little bit (about 4%) better at FSAA than the Radeon HD 4770, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)
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.
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Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the 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 applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as 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 - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.