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GeForce GTS 250 512MB vs Radeon HD 5770

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 738 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a speed of 1100 MHz on this model. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5770, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 850 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1200 MHz on this particular model. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 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, the Radeon HD 5770 should be a bit faster than the GeForce GTS 250 512MB in general. (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

The Radeon HD 5770 will be a little bit (approximately 15%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTS 250 512MB, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per 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 graphics card will be at 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 can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock 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 fill 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 reach the max fill rate.

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