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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 730 Asus Silent 2GB Edition Radeon HD 3850 AGP
Red Dead Redemption 2 919% 937%
Halo: Reach 224% 229%
Cyberpunk 2077 1300% 1324%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 919% 937%
Doom Eternal 776% 791%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1300% 1324%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1457% 1484%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 529% 540%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 1300% 1324%
Need For Speed Heat 919% 937%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 730 Asus Silent 2GB Edition are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 3850 AGP.

The GT 730 has a 234 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the HD 3850. This results in the GT 730 providing 3.7 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 GT 730 has a 234 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 3850, but the HD 3850 has 8 more Render Output Units than the GT 730. As a result, the HD 3850 exhibits a 3.5 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GT 730. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GT 730 was released over three years more recently than the HD 3850, and so the GT 730 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 3850 when running the latest games.

The GT 730 has 1536 MB more video memory than the HD 3850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The HD 3850 has 38.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 730, which means that the memory performance of the HD 3850 is noticeably better than the GT 730.

The GeForce GT 730 Asus Silent 2GB Edition has 384 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 3850 AGP has 320. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 730 is 346 and the actual shader performance of the HD 3850 is 214. The GT 730 having 132 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 3850 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GT 730 transistor size technology is 27 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 3850. This means that the GT 730 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 3850. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GT 730 should consume less power than the HD 3850.

The GeForce GT 730 Asus Silent 2GB Edition requires 23 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 3850 AGP requires 75 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 730 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the HD 3850. The HD 3850 requires 52 Watts more than the GT 730 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 3850 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GT 730.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed902 MHzvs668 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureKepler GK208RV670 PRO
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs -
Release Date18 Jun 2014vs03 Jan 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
4.2
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1920x1080
2.8
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2560x1440
1.9
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3840x2160
1.3
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs830 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth14.4GB/secvs53.1GB/sec
L2 Cache 128 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units384vs320
Actual Shader Performance17%vs10%
Technology28nmvs55nm
Texture Mapping Units16vs16
Texture Rate14.4 GTexel/svs10.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs16
Pixel Rate7.2 GPixel/svs10.7 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power23 Wattsvs75 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 22 Ampsvs450 Watts & 28 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs10.1
Shader Model5.0vs4.1
Open GL4.5vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Pentium G3220 3.0GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GT 730 Asus Silent 2GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's Middle-Class GeForce GT 730, created by Asus.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit runs at the same speed.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock and the Frame Buffer remain the same.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System has been replaced by Asus' OdB Silent Cooling, meaning the Graphics Card is silent under load.

Performance
Without Overclocking Out of The Box, GeForce GT 730 Asus Silent 2GB Edition is as fast as the reference GeForce GT 730.
Radeon HD 3850 AGP is a variant of the high-end Radeon HD 3850 based on the 55nm, second unified shader architecture, R600. Check its page to know more about its Core.
Compared to Radeon HD 3850, it features twice as much video memory and an AGP 8X Bus Interface. Benchmarks indicate the double sized frame buffer benefits this GPU largely and so its performance is up to 8% better than the reference Radeon HD 3850.
Today's modern games should run fluently at medium settings but with modest resolutions. DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
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