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GeForce GT 440 1.5GB vs Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GT 440 1.5GB makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 594 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 144 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB, which features a clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 480 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 50 Watts
GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 56 Watts
Difference: 6 Watts (12%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB will be 50% faster than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 43200 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 14400 (50%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB is a little bit (approximately 9%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 15600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 14256 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 1344 (9%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 14256 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 5200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9056 (174%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GT 440 1.5GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 440 1.5GB Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2010 February 2011
Code Name GF106 Turks
Memory 1536 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 594 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 56 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 43200 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 14256 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14256 Mpixels/sec 5200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 144 480
Texture Mapping Units 24 24
Render Output Units 24 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1170 million 715 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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