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GeForce 9800 GTX+ vs GeForce GTS 450

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GTX+ features a GPU clock speed of 738 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 1100 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 128 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTS 450, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 783 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 902 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 192 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTS 450 106 Watts
GeForce 9800 GTX+ 145 Watts
Difference: 39 Watts (37%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 9800 GTX+ should be 22% quicker than the GeForce GTS 450 overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX+ 70400 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 450 57728 MB/sec
Difference: 12672 (22%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GTX+ should be much (more or less 89%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTS 450. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX+ 47232 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTS 450 25056 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22176 (89%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 450 is a better choice, but only just. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 12528 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GTX+ 11808 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 720 (6%)

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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GeForce 9800 GTX+

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GeForce GTS 450

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9800 GTX+ GeForce GTS 450
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 September 2010
Code Name G92b GF106
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 783 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 3608 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 106 watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 57728 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 25056 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 12528 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 192
Texture Mapping Units 64 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 1170 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card 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 applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GTX+

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GeForce GTS 450

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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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