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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 vs Radeon R7 250

Intro

The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 features a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 850 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 96 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 250, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1150 MHz on this particular model. It features 384 SPUs along with 24 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R7 250 will be 35% quicker than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 overall, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 250 should be quite a bit (about 36%) better at AF 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 running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R7 250 is superior to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5, 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's 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 output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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