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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 vs Radeon HD 7750

Intro

The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 has a clock frequency of 550 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 850 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 7750, which comes with a core clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1125 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 512 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7750 55 Watts
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 70 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (27%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 7750 should in theory be quite a bit superior to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 7750 72000 MB/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 54400 MB/sec
Difference: 17600 (32%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7750 is quite a bit (more or less 45%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5. (explain)

Radeon HD 7750 25600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8000 (45%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 7750 will be much (about 191%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon HD 7750 12800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 8400 (191%)

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 GT 240 GDDR5

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7750

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 Radeon HD 7750
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Novermber 2009 February 2012
Code Name GT215 Cape Verde Pro
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed 1360 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 850 MHz (3400 MHz effective) 1125 MHz (4500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 96 512
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 70 watts 55 watts
Shader Model 4.1 5.0
Bandwidth 54400 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 17600 Mtexels/sec 25600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core 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 graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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