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GeForce GT 640 DDR3 vs Radeon HD 4850 2GB

Intro

The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 comes with a GPU clock speed of 900 MHz, and the 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM is set to run at 1782 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 384 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 4850 2GB, which makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 625 MHz. The GDDR4 memory runs at a speed of 993 MHz on this particular card. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 65 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 110 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (69%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 4850 2GB should be 11% faster than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 2GB 63552 MB/sec
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 57024 MB/sec
Difference: 6528 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 is just a bit (more or less 15%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4850 2GB. (explain)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 28800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3800 (15%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA 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
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 10000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4400 (44%)

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 640 DDR3

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 4850 2GB

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 640 DDR3 Radeon HD 4850 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2012 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name GK107 RV770 PRO
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 625 MHz
Memory Speed 3564 MHz 1986 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 65 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 57024 MB/sec 63552 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 25000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14400 Mpixels/sec 10000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR4
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 55 nm
Transistors 1300 million 956 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better 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 are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount 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 output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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