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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 5450

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 has clock speeds of 589 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR3 RAM. It features 16 SPUs along with 8 Texture Address Units and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5450, which has clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 80(16x5) SPUs as well as 8 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5450 19 Watts
GeForce GT 210 31 Watts
Difference: 12 Watts (63%)

Memory Bandwidth

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5450 is a bit (approximately 10%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 210. (explain)

Radeon HD 5450 5200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 210 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 488 (10%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5450 is a better choice, but only just. (explain)

Radeon HD 5450 2600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 210 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 244 (10%)

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

GeForce GT 210

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5450

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

Model GeForce GT 210 Radeon HD 5450
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2009 February 4, 2010
Code Name GT218 Cedar PRO
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 589 MHz 650 MHz
Shader Speed 1402 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz (1600 MHz effective) 800 MHz (1600 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 16 80(16x5)
Texture Mapping Units 8 8
Render Output Units 4 4
Bus Type DDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 64-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 3.2
Power (Max TDP) 31 watts 19 watts
Shader Model 4.1 5.0
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 4712 Mtexels/sec 5200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2356 Mpixels/sec 2600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling 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 write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

Comments

26 Responses to “GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 5450”
fearpplen says:
HD5450 of course. Low power and still wins GT210
Nils says:
Glad I went with the HD5450!
I wish I'd discovered this website before!
Shefath says:
Rejoice all you want,but I used to have both of them.G 210 works well in Crysis,metro 2033 etc. Whereas performing slightly bad in Assassins Creed and Splinter cell conviction.And the 5450 results were Vice Versa. It is due to the games supporting the architecture of different makes.
vysakh says:
gta4 has poor performance on my ati 5450. i dont know abt gforce210
svend says:
Does both cards have sound over hdmi ?
[...] diferentes tarjetas de video, ami me ayudo para elejr la que tengo ahorita, espero que te sirva. GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 5450 – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare En cuanto a calidad la mejor es la Nvidia pero sus precios son muy elevados, la ATI tiene buen [...]
Gladus Tek Ma says:
Bought the gt 210,
I say the Intel HD3000 is faster by 20%.
HD3000 running Mass Effect 3 1920x1080 Low at 20~30FPS but the GT210 ran at 5~13FPS.
mersso says:
i have galaxy geforce 210 ddr3 1Gb. and it runs test drive unlimited 2 & mafia 2 well. but i wanna try the hd 5450 too, i think it works better with my AMD.
christian says:
Yo tengo las dos tarjetas sólo las he probado con left 4 dead 2 y resident evil 5 y la ati es mucho mejor que la nvidia
[...] heb gevonden dat de Radeon HD5450 beter presteerd dan de GeForce GT210, maar dan vind ik het toch vreemd dat op [...]
Lamb says:
Guyz,i have intel corei3 with hd 2000 graphics the cod black ops game will run smoother in res:1024*768 and ram is 2gb ddr3 guyz how abt bf3 can run in my hd2000 pls guyz rply me
Lamb says:
Hai christian the geforcegt210 is very...... Poor performance card i will use this card before i buy thz cpu
g210 is run gta 4, mw3,black ops. Bf3...also but the condition is keep the resolution and texture settings in low you will get smoother performance you will change the card for gts250 that is a amazing game performer...
Lamb says:
Hi guyz the g210 is a fucking gamercard this card is usefor proffessional defeneitly it is not a gamer card like 8400gs,7300se.gt210,7600gs also
Dinges says:
GT210 is NOT for gaming it is for Motherboards which don't have builtin graphics card. A card for gaming is a HD7770 or higher or older generations like Hd6770/Hd5770 and higher.

Please do not buy this as it is a waste of money if you have already got a builtin graphics on your CPU.

Anonymous says:
mejor la ati XD
Victor says:
I have an intel core i3 running at 3.3 Mhz with Intel HD 2500 Graphics. Is the same perfromance that Radeon HD 5450. If you have a processor like this or better, don´t waste yor money in graphic cards like these (Radeon 5450 or Geforce Gt 210). Go for Radeon HD 7770 or similar.
Bhaskar says:
@Victor u mean 3.3 Ghz not Mhz
Bhaskar says:
well i have a gtx 660 OC
i upgraded from gts 250 for Crysis 3
kalpesh says:
Brothers,Nvidia works good with Intel,becoz both are profesional in their field, on Gt210 you can play GTA 4 at medium with dual core CPU 2.70 ghz,so as comparede to HD 5450 it is more heating and sucking card. I had already tried those cards in my PC.
Jordi says:
Yo he probado las 2, y con la 5450 puedo jugar tranquilamente, y en la GT210, en menos de un minuto ya está sobrecalentada, y se apaga....
ahmed says:
i am playing ASSASINS CREED BLACK FLAG ON HD 5450! THE RESULT IS GOOD AND FLAWLESS
John price says:
Hello i have nvidia geforce 210 1gb and its run assassins creed 4 blackflag on high settings with 8-10 fps
Sayooj js says:
John 's opinian is very very false,
Gforce 210 cant play in ultra low settings the assasins creed 4 black flag.very laging and stucks.
Because the HD Radeon 5450 better than nvida gf 210
Gf 210 a waste card..!
kxr says:
actually gt210 can run black flag at lowest resolution
5450 is better for that 19 watt tdp
but 210 can run tombraider far cry 3 in high resolution low settings I Hav used it
only problem is it is only dx10
it was great for me time to move on
if u r buying for 1st time at least gtx630 is needed
or go for gtx 750ti for mid range
zarmaan says:
i went with hd 5450 and discovered my mobo is picky about graphic cards.
Blaze says:
Hey guyz the HD 5450 can run AC Black Flag.I think itz better then GT 210

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