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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB vs Radeon HD 4830 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB features a clock speed of 550 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 850 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4830 1GB, which has GPU core speed of 575 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR4 memory set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 640(128x5) SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB 70 Watts
Radeon HD 4830 1GB 95 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (36%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 4830 1GB should be just a bit faster than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 4830 1GB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB 54400 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (6%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4830 1GB is a little bit (about 5%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 4830 1GB 18400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 800 (5%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 4830 1GB should be quite a bit (more or less 109%) more effective at AA than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon HD 4830 1GB 9200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4800 (109%)

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.

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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 Radeon HD 4830 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2009 Oct 21, 2008
Code Name GT215 RV770 LE
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 575 MHz
Memory Speed 3400 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 70 watts 95 watts
Bandwidth 54400 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 17600 Mtexels/sec 18400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 9200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 640(128x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR4
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Transistors 289 million 956 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at 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 card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB

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Radeon HD 4830 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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