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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 frequency of 850 MHz on this card. It features 96 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7750, which comes with GPU clock speed of 800 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 512 Stream Processors, 32 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

(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

In theory, the Radeon HD 7750 should be much faster than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7750 will be a lot (about 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 a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7750 is a better choice, and very much so. (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

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

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 max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core 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 also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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