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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 4770

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular model. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 4770, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 750 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 800 MHz on this specific model. It features 640(128x5) SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4770 80 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (31%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should in theory be a bit faster than the Radeon HD 4770 in general. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4770 51200 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (13%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB is a lot (approximately 40%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 4770. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4770 24000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9600 (40%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 4770 should be a lot (approximately 25%) better at FSAA than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon HD 4770 12000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2400 (25%)

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 9800 GT 1GB Radeon HD 4770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 Apr 28, 2009
Code Name G92a/b RV740
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 51200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 12000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 640(128x5)
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 826 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 largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure 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 graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock 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 fill rate is also dependant on quite a few 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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