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

Intro

The GeForce GT 440 1.5GB comes with clock speeds of 594 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 144 SPUs along with 24 TAUs and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), which has GPU core speed of 800 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 480 Stream Processors, 24 TAUs, 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

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) should in theory be quite a bit superior to the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB overall. (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) is quite a bit (approximately 35%) more effective at anisotropic 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 running with high levels of AA 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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