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GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 vs Radeon HD 5570
IntroThe GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 comes with clock speeds of 625 MHz on the GPU, and 1012 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 48 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5570, which features a GPU core clock speed of 650 MHz, and 512 MB of DDR3 RAM set to run at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 400(80x5) SPUs, 20 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 will be 12% faster than the Radeon HD 5570 in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 5570 should be quite a bit (more or less 30%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5570 is superior to the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3, but only just. (explain)
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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Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should 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 anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher 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 the video card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.