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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 4830 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB comes with a clock frequency of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It features 112 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4830 1GB, which comes with a core clock frequency of 575 MHz and a GDDR4 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It features 640(128x5) SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4830 1GB 95 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (11%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same bandwidth, so theoretically they should have the same performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB will be quite a bit (more or less 83%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 4830 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4830 1GB 18400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15200 (83%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should be a small bit (approximately 4%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 4830 1GB, and able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4830 1GB 9200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 400 (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

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9800 GT 1GB Radeon HD 4830 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 Oct 21, 2008
Code Name G92a/b RV770 LE
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 575 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 95 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 18400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 9200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 640(128x5)
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR4
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 55 nm
Transistors 754 million 956 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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