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GeForce GT 310 vs Radeon R5 M230

Intro

The GeForce GT 310 has a clock speed of 589 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 64-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 16 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R5 M230, which has GPU clock speed of 780 MHz, and 2048 MB of DDR3 memory set to run at 1000 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 320 SPUs, 20 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same memory bandwidth, so in theory they should perform the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R5 M230 will be quite a bit (more or less 231%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GT 310. (explain)

Radeon R5 M230 15600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 310 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10888 (231%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R5 M230 is superior to the GeForce GT 310, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon R5 M230 3120 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 310 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 764 (32%)

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 310

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Radeon R5 M230

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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 GT 310 Radeon R5 M230
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2009 2014
Code Name GT218 Jet Pro
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 589 MHz 780 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 31 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 4712 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2356 Mpixels/sec 3120 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 320
Texture Mapping Units 8 20
Render Output Units 4 4
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 260 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x8
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it 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 AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record 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 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 bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GT 310

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Radeon R5 M230

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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