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GeForce GT 640 DDR3 vs Radeon HD 3850 1GB

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The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 comes with clock speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1782 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 3850 1GB, which features core speeds of 668 MHz on the GPU, and 828 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 320(64x5) SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units 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 3850 1GB 75 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (15%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 should be a little bit faster than the Radeon HD 3850 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 57024 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3850 1GB 52992 MB/sec
Difference: 4032 (8%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 should be much (about 169%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 3850 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 28800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 1GB 10688 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18112 (169%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 14400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 1GB 10688 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3712 (35%)

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

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Radeon HD 3850 1GB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 640 DDR3 Radeon HD 3850 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2012 Nov 19, 2007
Code Name GK107 RV670 PRO
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 668 MHz
Memory Speed 3564 MHz 1656 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 65 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 57024 MB/sec 52992 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 10688 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14400 Mpixels/sec 10688 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 320(64x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 16
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 55 nm
Transistors 1300 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16/AGP 8x
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 640 DDR3

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Radeon HD 3850 1GB

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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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