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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 5550

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 589 MHz. The DDR3 memory works at a speed of 800 MHz on this particular card. It features 16 SPUs as well as 8 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 5550, which features a clock frequency of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 400 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 320(64x5) SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5550 should be a lot (more or less 87%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 210. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 5550 is much (more or less 87%) more effective at AA than the GeForce GT 210, and able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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 largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better 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 can be applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the 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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