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GeForce GT 440 1.5GB vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)

Intro

The GeForce GT 440 1.5GB comes with a GPU core speed of 594 MHz, and the 1536 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 144 Stream Processors, 24 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1000 MHz on this 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)

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 56 Watts
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 63 Watts
Difference: 7 Watts (13%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) should perform much faster than the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 64000 MB/sec
GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 43200 MB/sec
Difference: 20800 (48%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) will be much (about 35%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 19200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 14256 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4944 (35%)

Pixel Rate

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

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 14256 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 6400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7856 (123%)

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

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)

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

Model GeForce GT 440 1.5GB Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)
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 512 MB
Core Speed 594 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed 1189 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 144 480
Texture Mapping Units 24 24
Render Output Units 24 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
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 63 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 43200 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 14256 Mtexels/sec 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14256 Mpixels/sec 6400 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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