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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 has a clock frequency of 589 MHz and a DDR3 memory frequency of 800 MHz. It also features a 64-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 16 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7770, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1125 MHz on this specific card. It features 640 SPUs along with 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

In theory, the Radeon HD 7770 should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GT 210 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 is much (approximately 749%) faster with regards to anisotropic 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 using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7770 is the winner, 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated 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 is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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