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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 589 MHz. The DDR3 memory works at a speed of 800 MHz on this specific card. It features 16 SPUs along with 8 Texture Address Units and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7770, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1125 MHz on this particular model. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

The Radeon HD 7770, in theory, should be much faster than the GeForce GT 210 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 is much (about 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 superior to the GeForce GT 210, and very much so. (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

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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

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Model GeForce GT 210 Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2009 February 2012
Code Name GT218 Cape Verde XT
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 589 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 31 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 4712 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2356 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 640
Texture Mapping Units 8 40
Render Output Units 4 16
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 64-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 260 million 1500 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once 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 number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling 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 that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core 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 output 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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