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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 vs Radeon R7 250

Intro

The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 comes with a clock frequency of 550 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 850 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 250, which has core speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 1150 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 384 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 250 65 Watts
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 70 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (8%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R7 250 should in theory be a lot faster than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 in general. (explain)

Radeon R7 250 73600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 54400 MB/sec
Difference: 19200 (35%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 250 is a lot (about 36%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5. (explain)

Radeon R7 250 24000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6400 (36%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R7 250 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon R7 250 8000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3600 (82%)

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

Amazon.com

Radeon R7 250

Amazon.com

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 Radeon R7 250
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Novermber 2009 October 2013
Code Name GT215 Oland XT
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 3400 MHz 4600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 70 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 54400 MB/sec 73600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 17600 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 8000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 384
Texture Mapping Units 32 24
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 289 million 1040 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

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

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