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GeForce GTX 980M vs Radeon HD 4890 2GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980M has clock speeds of 1038 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1536 SPUs along with 96 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 4890 2GB, which features GPU core speed of 1000 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 975 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 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 980M 100 Watts
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 190 Watts
Difference: 90 Watts (90%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 980M should be a little bit faster than the Radeon HD 4890 2GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 128000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 124800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (3%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M will be much (more or less 149%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4890 2GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 99648 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 40000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 59648 (149%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M should be a lot (approximately 315%) better at AA than the Radeon HD 4890 2GB, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 66432 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 16000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 50432 (315%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 980M Radeon HD 4890 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 7 2014 Apr 2, 2009
Code Name GM204 RV790 XT
Memory 4096 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1038 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 3900 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 100 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 124800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 99648 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 66432 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 96 40
Render Output Units 64 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 55 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 959 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. 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 applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card 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 colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. 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 potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 980M

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