ATI Radeon HD 3850 X2 vs NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2

ATI Radeon HD 3850 X2
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2

General info

Comparison of Radeon HD 3850 X2 and GeForce 9800 GX2 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
TeraScale
 
Tesla
Code name
RV670
 
G92
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
4 April 2008
 
18 March 2008
Launch price (MSRP)
$349
 
$599

Technical specs

Radeon HD 3850 X2 and GeForce 9800 GX2's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon HD 3850 X2 and GeForce 9800 GX2's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2x 320
 
2x 128
CUDA cores
n/d
 
256 (128 per GPU)
Core clock speed
669 MHz
 
1500 MHz
Transistor count
666 million
 
754 million
Manufacturing process technology
55 nm
 
65 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
140 Watt
 
197 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
n/d
 
105 °C
Texture fill rate
2x 10.7 GTexel / s billion / sec
 
76.8 billion / sec
Floating-point performance
2x 428.2 gflops
 
2x 384.0 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 3850 X2 and GeForce 9800 GX2 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
PCIe 2.0 x16
Length
267 mm
 
10.5" (26.7 cm)
Supplementary power connectors
n/d
 
6-pin & 8-pin
SLI options
-
 
Quad

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 3850 X2 and GeForce 9800 GX2: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR3
 
GDDR3
Maximum RAM amount
2x 512 MB
 
2x 512 MB
Memory bus width
2x 256 Bit
 
512 Bit
Memory clock speed
1656 MHz
 
1000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
2x 53.0 GB / s
 
128 (64 per GPU)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 3850 X2 and GeForce 9800 GX2.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x S-Video
 
2x DVI, 1x HDMI
Display Connectors
n/d
 
HDMIDual Link DVI
Multi monitor support
n/d
 
+
HDMI
-
 
+
Maximum VGA resolution
n/d
 
2048x1536
Audio input for HDMI
n/d
 
S / PDIF

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon HD 3850 X2 and GeForce 9800 GX2. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
-
 
+
CUDA
-
 
+
SLI
n/d
 
+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 3850 X2 and GeForce 9800 GX2, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
10.1 (10_1)
 
11.1 (10_0)
OpenGL
3.3
 
2.1

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 3850 X2 and GeForce 9800 GX2. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

ATI HD 3850 X2 0.34
9800 GX2 0.34

Passmark

ATI HD 3850 X2 792
9800 GX2 797 +0.6%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon HD 3850 X2 and GeForce 9800 GX2 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of ATI Radeon HD 3850 X2

Cheaper ($349 vs $599)
More pipelines (320 vs 128)
Finer manufacturing process technology (55 vs 65 nm)
Less power hungry (140 vs 197 watts)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2

Wider memory bus (512 vs 256 bit)
Higher memory bandwidth (128 vs 53 GB/s)
3D Vision
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
HDMI
3D Vision Surround

So, HD 3850 X2 or 9800 GX2?

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