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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 vs Radeon HD 7750

Intro

The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 850 MHz on this particular model. It features 96 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7750, which features a core clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1125 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 512 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7750 should be a lot faster than 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 (approximately 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

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7750 is a better choice, by a large margin. (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

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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7750

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 Radeon HD 7750
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Novermber 2009 February 2012
Code Name GT215 Cape Verde Pro
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 3400 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 70 watts 55 watts
Bandwidth 54400 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 17600 Mtexels/sec 25600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 512
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 289 million 1500 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics 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 number of pixels 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 colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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