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GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs Radeon HD 5670

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 738 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1100 MHz on this specific model. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5670, which features a clock speed of 775 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 400(80x5) SPUs, 20 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5670 61 Watts
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 145 Watts
Difference: 84 Watts (138%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTS 250 1GB will be 10% faster than the Radeon HD 5670 overall, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 70400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5670 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB should be a lot (more or less 205%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 5670. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 47232 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5670 15500 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 31732 (205%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB is much (about 90%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon HD 5670, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 11808 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5670 6200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5608 (90%)

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 GTS 250 1GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5670

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTS 250 1GB Radeon HD 5670
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 3, 2009 January 14, 2010
Code Name G92a/b Redwood XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 775 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 61 watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 15500 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 6200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 400(80x5)
Texture Mapping Units 64 20
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 627 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total 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 a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. 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 lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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