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GeForce GTS 250 512MB vs Radeon HD 5770

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB features a GPU core clock speed of 738 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 1100 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 128 Stream Processors, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5770, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 850 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1200 MHz on this particular model. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Crysis

Settings: High Detail
AA: 4x
AF: none
Resolution: 1680x1050
Test Machine: Intel Core i5-750,Windows 7 Ultimate x64,3 x 2GB (Source)
Radeon HD 5770 34 FPS
GeForce GTS 250 512MB 27 FPS
Difference: 7 FPS (26%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5770 108 Watts
GeForce GTS 250 512MB 145 Watts
Difference: 37 Watts (34%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 5770 will be 9% quicker than the GeForce GTS 250 512MB in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 5770 76800 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 250 512MB 70400 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (9%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB will be a lot (approximately 39%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 5770. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 512MB 47232 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5770 34000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13232 (39%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5770 is a better choice, but only just. (explain)

Radeon HD 5770 13600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTS 250 512MB 11808 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1792 (15%)

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 GTS 250 512MB

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Radeon HD 5770

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTS 250 512MB Radeon HD 5770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 3, 2009 October 13, 2009
Code Name G92a/b Juniper XT
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 850 MHz
Shader Speed 1836 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1100 MHz (2200 MHz effective) 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 128 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 64 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 3.2
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 108 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 76800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 34000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 13600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill 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 potential to get to the max fill rate.

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