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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 6850

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 589 MHz. The DDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 800 MHz on this card. It features 16 SPUs along with 8 Texture Address Units and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6850, which features a core clock frequency of 775 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 960 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 210 31 Watts
Radeon HD 6850 127 Watts
Difference: 96 Watts (310%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 6850 should theoretically be much superior to the GeForce GT 210 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 128000 MB/sec
GeForce GT 210 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 115200 (900%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6850 should be quite a bit (more or less 689%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 210. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 37200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 210 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 32488 (689%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6850 is superior to the GeForce GT 210, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 24800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 210 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 22444 (953%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 210 Radeon HD 6850
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2009 October 2010
Code Name GT218 Barts Pro
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 589 MHz 775 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 31 watts 127 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 4712 Mtexels/sec 37200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2356 Mpixels/sec 24800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 960
Texture Mapping Units 8 48
Render Output Units 4 32
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 64-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 260 million 1700 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics 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 number of ROPs 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 rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 210

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Radeon HD 6850

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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.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 6850”
Aankoop advies (gaming)PC - 9lives - Games Forum says:

[...] alles dus hapert. Hier zie je een theoretisch verschil tussen de geforce 210 en de radeon 6850: GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 6850 – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare In de eerste plaats zou ik de videokaart vervangen, daarna zou ik opteren voor eventueel meer RAM [...]

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