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GeForce GTS 250 512MB vs Radeon HD 5770

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB comes with a clock frequency of 738 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 1100 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It features 128 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 5770, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 850 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1200 MHz on this card. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

The Radeon HD 5770 should in theory be a little 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 is quite a bit (more or less 39%) more effective 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 using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5770 is the winner, 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

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GeForce GTS 250 512MB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5770

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTS 250 512MB Radeon HD 5770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 3, 2009 October 13, 2009
Code Name G92a/b Juniper XT
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 108 watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 76800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 34000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 13600 Mpixels/sec
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
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 1040 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure 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 drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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