ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 vs NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+
Comparison of Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce 9800 GTX+ architecture, market type and release date.
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.
Core clock speed
Manufacturing process technology
Power consumption (TDP)
Maximum GPU temperature
Texture fill rate
2x 528.0 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).
PCIe 2.0 x16
PCIe 2.0 x16
10.5" (26.7 cm)
4.376" (11.1 cm)
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
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.
Maximum RAM amount
Memory bus width
Memory clock speed
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce 9800 GTX+.
2x DVI, 1x S-Video
2x DVI, 1x S-Video
HDTVDual Link DVI
Multi monitor support
Maximum VGA resolution
Audio input for HDMI
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.
APIs supported by Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce 9800 GTX+, sometimes including their particular versions.
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%
ATI HD 3870 X2 708
9800 GTX+ 746 +5.4%
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)
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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