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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB vs Radeon HD 3850 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB comes with core clock speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 3850 1GB, which has a clock frequency of 668 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 828 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of 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)

Radeon HD 3850 1GB 75 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (40%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB should perform just a bit faster than the Radeon HD 3850 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3850 1GB 52992 MB/sec
Difference: 4608 (9%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB is much (about 214%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 3850 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 1GB 10688 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22912 (214%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 3850 1GB is just a bit (more or less 11%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB, and will be able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon HD 3850 1GB 10688 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1088 (11%)

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 512MB Radeon HD 3850 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 Nov 19, 2007
Code Name G92a/b RV670 PRO
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 668 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1656 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 52992 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 10688 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 10688 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 320(64x5)
Texture Mapping Units 56 16
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 55 nm
Transistors 754 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16/AGP 8x
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

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

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB

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