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GeForce GTS 250 512MB vs Radeon HD 5770

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB features a core clock speed of 738 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 1100 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is made up of 128 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 5770, which comes with a core clock speed of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1200 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, 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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 5770 is 9% quicker than the GeForce GTS 250 512MB in general, because of 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 quite a bit (more or less 39%) better at 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 a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5770 is superior to the GeForce GTS 250 512MB, 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 maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

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

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