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GeForce GT 1030 vs Radeon HD 3850 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GT 1030 has a GPU core clock speed of 1265 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1502 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 384 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 3850 1GB, which features a core clock frequency of 668 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 828 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It features 320(64x5) SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 1030 30 Watts
Radeon HD 3850 1GB 75 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (150%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 3850 1GB will be 8% quicker than the GeForce GT 1030 overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 3850 1GB 52992 MB/sec
GeForce GT 1030 49152 MB/sec
Difference: 3840 (8%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 will be a lot (about 279%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 3850 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 40480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 1GB 10688 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 29792 (279%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 will be quite a bit (more or less 89%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon HD 3850 1GB, and capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 20240 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 1GB 10688 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9552 (89%)

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 GT 1030 Radeon HD 3850 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2017 Nov 19, 2007
Code Name GP108-300 RV670 PRO
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1265 MHz 668 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 1656 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 30 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 49152 MB/sec 52992 MB/sec
Texel Rate 40480 Mtexels/sec 10688 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20240 Mpixels/sec 10688 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 320(64x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 16
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 55 nm
Transistors 3300 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16/AGP 8x
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 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 speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably 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 GT 1030

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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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