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GeForce 9800 GX2 vs Radeon HD 4850 2GB

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GX2 has core clock speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4850 2GB, which features GPU clock speed of 625 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR4 RAM running at 993 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 800(160x5) Stream Processors, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4850 2GB 110 Watts
GeForce 9800 GX2 197 Watts
Difference: 87 Watts (79%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9800 GX2 should be 101% faster than the Radeon HD 4850 2GB in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GX2 128000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 63552 MB/sec
Difference: 64448 (101%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GX2 should be quite a bit (more or less 207%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 4850 2GB. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GX2 76800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 51800 (207%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9800 GX2 is superior to the Radeon HD 4850 2GB, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GX2 19200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 10000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9200 (92%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

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GeForce 9800 GX2

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9800 GX2 Radeon HD 4850 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Mar 2008 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name G92 RV770 PRO
Memory 512 MB (x2) 2048 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz (x2) 625 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz (x2) 1986 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 197 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 63552 MB/sec
Texel Rate 76800 Mtexels/sec 25000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 19200 Mpixels/sec 10000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 (x2) 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 64 (x2) 40
Render Output Units 16 (x2) 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR4
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 256-bit
Fab Process 65 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 largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the 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 can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher 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 amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GX2

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