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Graphics Chips Compared And Test Configuration

Roundup: Mainstream Graphics Cards From ATI And Nvidia
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We used an Intel Core i7-920 CPU overclocked to 3.8 GHz for this round of graphics card testing.

Nvidia Graphics Cards


Codename

Graphics RAM   

GPU Clock

Shader

Memory clock

SPs

GeForce GTX 275

GT200b

896 GDDR3

633 MHz

4.0, 1,404 MHz

2 x 1,134 MHz

240

GeForce GTX 260

GT200b

896 GDDR3

576 MHz

4.0, 1,242 MHz

2 x 999 MHz

216

GeForce GTX 260

GT200

896 GDDR3

576 MHz

4.0, 1,242 MHz

2 x 999 MHz

192

GeForce GTS 250

G92b

1,024 MB GDDR3

740 MHz

4.0, 1,836 MHz

2 x 1,100 MHz

128

GeForce 9800 GTX+

G92b

512 MB GDDR3

738 MHz

4.0, 1,836 MHz

2 x 1,100 MHz

128

GeForce 9800 GTX

G92

512 MB GDDR3

675 MHz

4.0, 1,688 MHz

2 x 1,100 MHz

128

Zotac GeForce 9800GT 512MB (9800 GT)

G92b

512 MB GDDR3

660 MHz

4.0, 1,600 MHz

2 x 900 MHz

112

GeForce 9800 GT

G92b

512 MB GDDR3

600 MHz

4.0, 1,512 MHz

2 x 900 MHz

112

GeForce 9600 GT

G94

1,024 MB GDDR3

650 MHz

4.0, 1,625 MHz

2 x 900 MHz

64

GeForce 9600 GT

G94

512 MB GDDR3

650 MHz

4.0, 1,625 MHz

2 x 900 MHz

64

GeForce 8800 GTS 512

G92

512 MB GDDR3

650 MHz

4.0, 1,625 MHz

2 x 972 MHz

128

GeForce 8800 GT

G92

1,024 MB GDDR3

600 MHz

4.0, 1,500 MHz

2 x 900 MHz

112

GeForce 8800 GT

G92

512 MB GDDR3

600 MHz

4.0, 1,500 MHz

2 x 900 MHz

112

GeForce 8800 Ultra

G80

768 MB GDDR3

612 MHz

4.0, 1,512 MHz

2 x 1,080 MHz

128

GeForce 8800 GTX

G80

768 MB GDDR3

576 MHz

4.0, 1,350 MHz

2 x 900 MHz

128

GeForce 8800 GTS

G80

640 MB GDDR3

513 MHz

4.0, 1,188 MHz

2 x 792 MHz

96

GeForce 8800 GTS

G80

320 MB GDDR3

513 MHz

4.0, 1,188 MHz

2 x 792 MHz

96

GeForce 8600 GTS

G84

512 MB GDDR3

675 MHz

4.0, 1,450 MHz

2 x 1,008 MHz

32

ATI Graphics Cards


Codename

Graphics RAM

GPU Clock

Shader

Memory clock

SPs

Radeon HD 4890

R790

1,024 MB GDDR5

850 MHz

4.1

4 x 975 MHz

800

Radeon HD 4870

RV770

512 MB GDDR5

750 MHz

4.1

4 x 900 MHz

800

Radeon HD 4850

RV770

512 MB GDDR3

625 MHz

4.1

2 x 993 MHz

800

Sapphire HD 4830 512 MB (HD 4830)

RV770

512 MB GDDR3

575 MHz

4.1

2 x 900 MHz

640

Radeon HD 4830

RV770

512 MB GDDR3

575 MHz

4.1

2 x 900 MHz

640

Sapphire HD 4770 512 MB (HD 4770)

RV740

512 MB GDDR5

750 MHz

4.1

4 x 800 MHz

640

Radeon HD 4770

RV740

512 MB GDDR5

750 MHz

4.1

4 x 800 MHz

640

HIS H467QT512P (HD 4670) CF

RV730

512 MB GDDR3

780 MHz

4.1

2 x 1,000 MHz

320

Radeon HD 4670 CF

RV730

512 MB GDDR3

750 MHz

4.1

2 x 1,000 MHz

320

HIS H467QT512P (HD 4670)

RV730

512 MB GDDR3

780 MHz

4.1

2 x 1,000 MHz

320

HIS H467PS1GP (HD 4670)

RV730

1,024 MB GDDR3

750 MHz

4.1

2 x 850 MHz

320

Radeon HD 4670

RV730

512 MB GDDR3

750 MHz

4.1

2 x 1,000 MHz

320

Radeon HD 3870

RV670

512 MB GDDR4

776 MHz

4.1

2 x 1,125 MHz

320

Radeon HD 3850

RV670

256 MB GDDR3

668 MHz

4.1

2 x 829 MHz

320

Memory Clock = DDR clock rate x 2, DDR5 clock rate x 4, SPs = Stream Processors, CF = CrossFire parallel configuration with two ATI cards, Shader 2.0 = DirectX 9.0, 3.0 = DirectX 9.0c, 4.0 = DirectX 10, 4.1 = DirectX 10.1

 

Test PC Configuration

CPU

Intel Core i7-920 @ 3.8 GHz (20 x 190), BIOS 1.2625 Volt, 45 nm, Socket 1366 LGA

Motherboard

Asus P6T, PCIe 2.0, ICH10R, 3-Way SLI

Chipset

Intel X58

Memory

Corsair, 3 x 2 GB DDR3, TR3X6G1600C8D, 2x570 MHz 8-8-8-20

Audio

Realtek ALC1200

LAN

Realtek RTL8111C

HDDs

SATA, Western Digital, Raptor WD300HLFS, WD5000AAKS

DVD

Gigabyte GO-D1600C

Power Supply

Cooler Master RS-850-EMBA 850 Watt

Drivers and Settings

Graphics

ATI Catalyst 9.6, Nvidia GeForce 186.18

OS

Windows Vista Ultimate 32 Bit, SP1

DirectX

9, 10, and 10.1

Chipset Driver

Intel 9.1.0.1007

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