ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 vs NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+

General info

Comparison of Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce 9800 GTX+ architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
TeraScale
 
Tesla
Code name
R680
 
G92B
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
26 January 2008
 
16 January 2009
Launch price (MSRP)
$449
 
$229

Technical specs

Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce 9800 GTX+'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 3870 X2 and GeForce 9800 GTX+'s performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
320
 
128
CUDA cores
no data
 
128
Core clock speed
825 MHz
 
1836 MHz
Transistor count
666 million
 
754 million
Manufacturing process technology
55 nm
 
55 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
165 Watt
 
141 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
no data
 
105 °C
Texture fill rate
13.20
 
47.2 billion/sec
Floating-point performance
2x 528.0 gflops
 
470.0 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce 9800 GTX+ 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)
Height
no data
 
4.376" (11.1 cm)
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
 
2x 6-pin
SLI options
-
 
2-way3-way

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce 9800 GTX+: 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
512 MB
 
512 MB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
1802 MHz
 
1100 MHz
Memory bandwidth
57.66 GB/s
 
70.4 GB/s

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce 9800 GTX+.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x S-Video
 
2x DVI, 1x S-Video
Display Connectors
no data
 
HDTVDual Link DVI
Multi monitor support
no data
 
+
Maximum VGA resolution
no data
 
2048x1536
Audio input for HDMI
no data
 
S/PDIF

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce 9800 GTX+. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
-
 
+
CUDA
-
 
+
SLI
no data
 
+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce 9800 GTX+, 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 3870 X2 and GeForce 9800 GTX+. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

ATI HD 3870 X2 0.20
9800 GTX+ 0.21 +5%

Passmark

ATI HD 3870 X2 708
9800 GTX+ 746 +5.4%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce 9800 GTX+ are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2

More pipelines (320 vs 128)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+

5% faster in synthetic tests
Somewhat newer (16 January 2009 vs 26 January 2008)
Cheaper ($229 vs $449)
Higher memory bandwidth (70.4 vs 57.66 GB/s)
Less power hungry (141 vs 165 watts)
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)
3D Vision Surround

So, HD 3870 X2 or 9800 GTX+?

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