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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 speed at 594 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 144 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB, which comes with GPU core speed of 650 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory running at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 480 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB should in theory be a lot superior to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB overall. (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 should be a little bit (more or less 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 using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB is a better choice, by far. (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

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB

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Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB

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Specifications

Model GeForce GT 440 1.5GB Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2010 February 2011
Code Name GF106 Turks
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 1536 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 594 MHz 650 MHz
Shader Speed 1189 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective) 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 144 480
Texture Mapping Units 24 24
Render Output Units 24 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 56 watts 50 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 43200 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 14256 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14256 Mpixels/sec 5200 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core 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 processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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