ATI Radeon HD 3850 X2 vs NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2
Comparison of Radeon HD 3850 X2 and GeForce 9800 GX2 architecture, market type and release date.
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.
256 (128 per GPU)
Core clock speed
Manufacturing process technology
Power consumption (TDP)
Maximum GPU temperature
Texture fill rate
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).
PCIe 2.0 x16
PCIe 2.0 x16
10.5" (26.7 cm)
Supplementary power connectors
6-pin & 8-pin
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.
Maximum RAM amount
Memory bus width
Memory clock speed
128 (64 per GPU)
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 3850 X2 and GeForce 9800 GX2. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
2x DVI, 1x S-Video
2x DVI, 1x HDMI
HDMIDual Link DVI
Multi monitor support
Maximum VGA resolution
Audio input for HDMI
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.
APIs supported by Radeon HD 3850 X2 and GeForce 9800 GX2, sometimes including their particular versions.
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 3.79 +3.3%
9800 GX2 3.67
ATI HD 3850 X2 822 +3.1%
9800 GX2 797
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
3.3% faster in synthetic tests
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 52.99 GB/s)
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)
3D Vision Surround
So, HD 3850 X2 or 9800 GX2?
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