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

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 memory is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 144 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 480 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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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

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) should in theory be quite a bit superior to 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) should be much (more or less 35%) more effective at AF 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

The GeForce GT 440 1.5GB will be a lot (approximately 123%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), and also will be able to handle higher resolutions better. (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

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GeForce GT 440 1.5GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 440 1.5GB Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2010 February 2011
Code Name GF106 Turks
Memory 1536 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 594 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 56 watts 63 watts
Bandwidth 43200 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 14256 Mtexels/sec 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14256 Mpixels/sec 6400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 144 480
Texture Mapping Units 24 24
Render Output Units 24 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video 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 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 output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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