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

Intro

The GeForce GT 440 1.5GB uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 594 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this model. 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 uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 480 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units 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

The GeForce GT 440 1.5GB, in theory, should be a lot faster than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB in general. (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 small bit (about 9%) better at anisotropic filtering 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

The GeForce GT 440 1.5GB will be much (about 174%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better 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 texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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