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GeForce GTX 570 vs Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 570 has a clock frequency of 732 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 950 MHz. It also makes use of a 320-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 480 SPUs, 60 TAUs, and 40 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB, which comes with a core clock frequency of 625 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 993 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It is comprised of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 570 219 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB 250 Watts
Difference: 31 Watts (14%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 570 is 20% faster than the Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 570 152000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB 127104 MB/sec
Difference: 24896 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB is just a bit (approximately 14%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 570. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB 50000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 570 43920 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6080 (14%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 570 should be quite a bit (more or less 46%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB, and will be able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 570 29280 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB 20000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9280 (46%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 570

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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 GTX 570 Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year December 2010 Nov 7, 2008
Code Name GF110 R700
Memory 1280 MB 1024 MB (x2)
Core Speed 732 MHz 625 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 3800 MHz 1986 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 219 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 152000 MB/sec 127104 MB/sec
Texel Rate 43920 Mtexels/sec 50000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29280 Mpixels/sec 20000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 480 800(160x5) (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 60 40 (x2)
Render Output Units 40 16 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 320-bit 256-bit (x2)
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Transistors 3000 million 956 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16 (PCIe bridge)
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units 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 applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 570

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Radeon HD 4850 X2 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.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce GTX 570 vs Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB”
Barett says:

I would love to see some Game Benchmarks for this comparison. I was thinking of upgrading, but idk if it is truly worth it yet.

Civ 5, and SC2 are the games I am most interested in.

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