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Game Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 4GB OC Edition GeForce 9800 GTX

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 4GB OC Edition are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX.

The R9 270X has a 345 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce 9800 GTX. This results in the R9 270X providing 38.4 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R9 270X has a 345 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the GeForce 9800 GTX. This results in the R9 270X providing 21.8 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R9 270X was released over three years more recently than the GeForce 9800 GTX, and so the R9 270X is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GeForce 9800 GTX when running the latest games.

The R9 270X has 3584 MB more video memory than the GeForce 9800 GTX, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 270X also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 270X has 108.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 9800 GTX, which means that the memory performance of the R9 270X is massively better than the GeForce 9800 GTX.

The Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 4GB OC Edition has 1280 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 9800 GTX has 128. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 270X is 1164 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 9800 GTX is 216. The R9 270X having 948 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 270X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce 9800 GTX.

The R9 270X transistor size technology is 37 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce 9800 GTX. This means that the R9 270X is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce 9800 GTX.

The Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 4GB OC Edition requires 180 Watts to run and the GeForce 9800 GTX requires 140 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 270X and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GeForce 9800 GTX. The R9 270X requires 40 Watts more than the GeForce 9800 GTX to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 270X may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce 9800 GTX.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1020 MHzvs675 MHz
Boost Clock1070 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Curacao XTTesla G92-420-A2
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date08 Oct 2013vs28 Mar 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
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1920x1080
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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed1400 MHzvs1100 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth179.2GB/secvs70.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1280vs128
Actual Shader Performance56%vs10%
Technology28nmvs65nm
Texture Mapping Units80vs64
Texture Rate81.6 GTexel/svs43.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs16
Pixel Rate32.6 GPixel/svs10.8 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs0
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power180 Wattsvs140 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Wattsvs450 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs10.0
Shader Model5.0vs3.0
Open GL4.4vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4430 3.0GHzvsIntel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1366x768

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 4GB OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 270X.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "Vapor-X", which reduces the card's temperature under load, significantly and comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that was increased from 1000MHz to 1020MHz, while the Boost clock is now of 1070MHz.
Furthermore, the card has twice as much memory when compared to the reference card. However, this card will not benefit from extra memory and thus such feature ends up being useless.
Expect little or no performance boost over the standard edition and exactly the same performance as "Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 2GB OC Edition"
Overview
GeForce 9800 GTX is a High-End Graphics Card based on the Tesla Architecture.

Architecture
Tesla was NVIDIA's First Unified Shader Architecture.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed G92-420-A2 which has 8 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 128 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 675MHz.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with GDDR3 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 256-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1100MHz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 512MB. Therefore, Gaming above 720p will be a problem.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 140W, it requires at least a 450W PSU and it requires at least two 6-pin available connectors.

Performance
GeForce 9800 GTX offers around 10% better performance than GeForce 9800 GT.
Recommended CPUAMD Athlon II X4 651
AMD Athlon II X4 651K
AMD APU A8-3870K Quad-Core
AMD Athlon II X4 650
Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
Intel Xeon Processor E5520
AMD APU A6-3620 Quad Core
AMD Athlon II X4 610e
AMD Phenom 9950 Quad-Core Black Edition
Intel Pentium G4400T 2.9GHz
Possible GPU Upgrades-GeForce GTX 460 Asus DirectCU TOP 1GB Edition
GeForce GTX 560 Gainward Phantom 1GB Edition
GeForce GTX 560 Gainward Golden Sample 1GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X v2 MSI OC v1 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X v2 MSI OC 1GB Edition
GPU Variants-GeForce 9800 GTX SLI

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