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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 589 MHz. The DDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 800 MHz on this model. It features 16 SPUs along with 8 Texture Address Units and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 7770, which features core clock speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 1125 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 210 31 Watts
Radeon HD 7770 80 Watts
Difference: 49 Watts (158%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7770 is 463% faster than the GeForce GT 210 in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 72000 MB/sec
GeForce GT 210 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 59200 (463%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 will be much (more or less 749%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GT 210. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 210 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 35288 (749%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7770 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 16000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 210 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13644 (579%)

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 210

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7770

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 210 Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2009 February 2012
Code Name GT218 Cape Verde XT
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 589 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed 1402 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz (1600 MHz effective) 1125 MHz (4500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 16 640
Texture Mapping Units 8 40
Render Output Units 4 16
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 64-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 31 watts 80 watts
Shader Model 4.1 5.0
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 4712 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2356 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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