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GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs Radeon HD 5750 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB has core clock speeds of 738 MHz on the GPU, and 1100 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 5750 1GB, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 700 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1150 MHz on this card. It features 720(144x5) SPUs as well as 36 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 5750 1GB should perform a small bit faster than the GeForce GTS 250 1GB overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB is a lot (about 87%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 5750 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 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 1GB is a better choice, but not by far. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 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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GeForce GTS 250 1GB

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Radeon HD 5750 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 GTS 250 1GB Radeon HD 5750 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 3, 2009 October 13, 2009
Code Name G92a/b Juniper LE
Memory 1024 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 maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are 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 graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTS 250 1GB

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Radeon HD 5750 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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