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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB vs GeForce GTS 450 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB has a GPU core speed of 550 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 850 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 96 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTS 450 1GB, which comes with core speeds of 783 MHz on the GPU, and 902 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 192 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 240 GDDR5 1GB 70 Watts
GeForce GTS 450 1GB 106 Watts
Difference: 36 Watts (51%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTS 450 1GB should theoretically be a bit superior to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 57728 MB/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB 54400 MB/sec
Difference: 3328 (6%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB is much (approximately 42%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 25056 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7456 (42%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 450 1GB is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 12528 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 8128 (185%)

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 240 GDDR5 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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB GeForce GTS 450 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year November 2009 September 2010
Code Name GT215 GF106
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 783 MHz
Memory Speed 3400 MHz 3608 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 70 watts 106 watts
Bandwidth 54400 MB/sec 57728 MB/sec
Texel Rate 17600 Mtexels/sec 25056 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 12528 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 192
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 289 million 1170 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, 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 could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB

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GeForce GTS 450 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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