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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 6950

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 comes with a GPU clock speed of 589 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR3 memory is set to run at 800 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is made up of 16 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6950, which comes with a clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 1408 SPUs, 88 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 210 31 Watts
Radeon HD 6950 200 Watts
Difference: 169 Watts (545%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 6950, in theory, should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GT 210 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 160000 MB/sec
GeForce GT 210 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 147200 (1150%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 should be a lot (about 1394%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 210. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 70400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 210 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 65688 (1394%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 is a lot (about 987%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GT 210, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 25600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 210 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 23244 (987%)

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 6950

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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 6950
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2009 December 2010
Code Name GT218 Cayman Pro
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 589 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 31 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 4712 Mtexels/sec 70400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2356 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 1408
Texture Mapping Units 8 88
Render Output Units 4 32
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 64-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 260 million 2640 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video 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 amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory 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 6950

Amazon.com

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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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