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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 5550

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 comes with a core clock speed of 589 MHz and a DDR3 memory speed of 800 MHz. It also features a 64-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 16 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5550, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and 512 MB of DDR2 RAM running at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 320(64x5) SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

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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 exactly the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5550 is a lot (more or less 87%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GT 210. (explain)

Radeon HD 5550 8800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 210 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4088 (87%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5550 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 5550 4400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 210 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2044 (87%)

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 210

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Radeon HD 5550

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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 210 Radeon HD 5550
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2009 February 9, 2010
Code Name GT218 Redwood LE
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 589 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 31 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 4712 Mtexels/sec 8800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2356 Mpixels/sec 4400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 320(64x5)
Texture Mapping Units 8 16
Render Output Units 4 8
Bus Type DDR3 DDR2
Bus Width 64-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 260 million 627 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock 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 processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record 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 the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GT 210

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Radeon HD 5550

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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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