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GeForce GT 130 vs Radeon HD 5450

Intro

The GeForce GT 130 comes with a GPU core clock speed of 500 MHz, and the 768 MB of DDR2 memory runs at 250 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 48 Stream Processors, 24 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5450, which features core 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 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5450 19 Watts
GeForce GT 130 75 Watts
Difference: 56 Watts (295%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 5450 should theoretically be a small bit faster than the GeForce GT 130 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 5450 12800 MB/sec
GeForce GT 130 12000 MB/sec
Difference: 800 (7%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 130 will be a lot (about 131%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 5450. (explain)

GeForce GT 130 12000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5450 5200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6800 (131%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GT 130 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GT 130 8000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5450 2600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5400 (208%)

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 130

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Radeon HD 5450

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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 130 Radeon HD 5450
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 10, 2009 February 4, 2010
Code Name G94b Cedar PRO
Memory 768 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 500 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 500 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 19 watts
Bandwidth 12000 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 12000 Mtexels/sec 5200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 8000 Mpixels/sec 2600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 48 80(16x5)
Texture Mapping Units 24 8
Render Output Units 16 4
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 505 million 292 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one 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 drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 130

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Radeon HD 5450

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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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