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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 vs Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 has core clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 850 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 96 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB, which comes with GPU core speed of 625 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory running at 993 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 70 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB 250 Watts
Difference: 180 Watts (257%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB is 134% faster than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB 127104 MB/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 54400 MB/sec
Difference: 72704 (134%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB is a lot (about 184%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB 50000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 32400 (184%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB will be much (about 355%) better at AA than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB 20000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 15600 (355%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

GeForce GT 240 GDDR5

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Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB

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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

Model GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Novermber 2009 Nov 7, 2008
Code Name GT215 R700
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16 (PCIe bridge)
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB (x2)
Core Speed 550 MHz 625 MHz (x2)
Shader Speed 1360 MHz (N/A) MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 850 MHz (3400 MHz effective) 993 MHz (1986 MHz effective) (x2)
Unified Shaders 96 800(160x5) (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 32 40 (x2)
Render Output Units 8 16 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit (x2)
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 3.0
Power (Max TDP) 70 watts 250 watts
Shader Model 4.1 4.1
Bandwidth 54400 MB/sec 127104 MB/sec
Texel Rate 17600 Mtexels/sec 50000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 20000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics 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 most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units 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 many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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