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GeForce GTS 250 512MB vs Radeon HD 5750 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB comes with a core clock frequency of 738 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 1100 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is made up of 128 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 5750 1GB, which has a clock speed of 700 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1150 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 720(144x5) SPUs, 36 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5750 1GB 86 Watts
GeForce GTS 250 512MB 145 Watts
Difference: 59 Watts (69%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 5750 1GB, in theory, should perform just a bit faster than the GeForce GTS 250 512MB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 5750 1GB 73600 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 250 512MB 70400 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (5%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB is much (more or less 87%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 5750 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 512MB 47232 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5750 1GB 25200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22032 (87%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 250 512MB is the winner, but not by far. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 512MB 11808 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5750 1GB 11200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 608 (5%)

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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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 GTS 250 512MB Radeon HD 5750 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 3, 2009 October 13, 2009
Code Name G92a/b Juniper LE
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 700 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 4600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 86 watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 73600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 25200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 11200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 720(144x5)
Texture Mapping Units 64 36
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 1040 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 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, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTS 250 512MB

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Radeon HD 5750 1GB

Amazon.com

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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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