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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 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 comes with GPU clock speed of 1000 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 640 Stream Processors, 40 TAUs, 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

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 7770 should in theory be quite a bit better 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 will be much (about 749%) more effective at 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

The Radeon HD 7770 will be quite a bit (approximately 579%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce GT 210, and also able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (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 largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better 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 are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card 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 that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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