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GeForce GT 340 vs GeForce GT 640 DDR3

Intro

The GeForce GT 340 has a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 850 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GT 640 DDR3, which features clock speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1782 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 65 Watts
GeForce GT 340 69 Watts
Difference: 4 Watts (6%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 is 5% faster than the GeForce GT 340 in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 57024 MB/sec
GeForce GT 340 54400 MB/sec
Difference: 2624 (5%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 should be a lot (approximately 64%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GT 340. (explain)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 28800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 340 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 11200 (64%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 14400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 340 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10000 (227%)

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 340

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GeForce GT 640 DDR3

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 340 GeForce GT 640 DDR3
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year February 2010 June 2012
Code Name GT215 GK107
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 3400 MHz 3564 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 69 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 54400 MB/sec 57024 MB/sec
Texel Rate 17600 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 384
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR5 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 727 million 1300 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.3 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses 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 higher screen 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 texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GT 340

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GeForce GT 640 DDR3

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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.

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