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GeForce 8500 GT vs Radeon HD 4550 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 8500 GT has a clock frequency of 450 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 400 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 80 nm design. It features 16 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 4550 512MB, which comes with a clock speed of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 800 MHz. It also makes use of a 64-bit bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It features 80(16x5) SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4550 512MB 25 Watts
GeForce 8500 GT 45 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (80%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same memory bandwidth, so in theory they should perform exactly the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4550 512MB should be quite a bit (more or less 33%) better at AF than the GeForce 8500 GT. (explain)

Radeon HD 4550 512MB 4800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8500 GT 3600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 1200 (33%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 4550 512MB is much (approximately 33%) better at FSAA than the GeForce 8500 GT, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon HD 4550 512MB 2400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8500 GT 1800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 600 (33%)

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 8500 GT Radeon HD 4550 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 Sep 30, 2008
Code Name G86 RV710
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 450 MHz 600 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 45 watts 25 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 3600 Mtexels/sec 4800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 1800 Mpixels/sec 2400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 80(16x5)
Texture Mapping Units 8 8
Render Output Units 4 4
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 55 nm
Transistors 210 million 242 million
Bus PCIe x16, PCI, 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, 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 calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock 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 one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount 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, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8500 GT

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Radeon HD 4550 512MB

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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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