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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 has core speeds of 589 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 16 SPUs as well as 8 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7770, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1125 MHz on this card. 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 a lot 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 a lot (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

The Radeon HD 7770 should be much (approximately 579%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 210, and should be able to handle higher resolutions better. (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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's 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 can be applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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