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GeForce 8400 GS 512MB vs GeForce GTS 450 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 8400 GS 512MB comes with core clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 16 SPUs along with 8 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTS 450 1GB, which has a clock frequency of 783 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 902 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 192 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 40 Watts
GeForce GTS 450 1GB 106 Watts
Difference: 66 Watts (165%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB should in theory be much faster than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 57728 MB/sec
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 6400 MB/sec
Difference: 51328 (802%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB will be quite a bit (more or less 382%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 25056 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 5200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19856 (382%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB will be quite a bit (approximately 382%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 12528 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 2600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9928 (382%)

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 8400 GS 512MB

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GeForce GTS 450 1GB

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 8400 GS 512MB GeForce GTS 450 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 2007 September 2010
Code Name G86 GF106
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 783 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 3608 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 40 watts 106 watts
Bandwidth 6400 MB/sec 57728 MB/sec
Texel Rate 5200 Mtexels/sec 25056 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2600 Mpixels/sec 12528 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 192
Texture Mapping Units 8 32
Render Output Units 4 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 64-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 40 nm
Transistors 210 million 1170 million
Bus PCIe x16, PCI PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling 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 the video card could 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 Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8400 GS 512MB

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GeForce GTS 450 1GB

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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