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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 6950

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 has a core clock frequency of 589 MHz and a DDR3 memory frequency of 800 MHz. It also makes use of a 64-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 16 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6950, which has a core clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 1408 SPUs, 88 Texture Address Units, 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

In theory, the Radeon HD 6950 should be 1150% quicker than the GeForce GT 210 in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 will be a lot (approximately 1394%) better at AF 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 should be much (approximately 987%) more effective at AA than the GeForce GT 210, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of 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 speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount 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 fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GT 210

Amazon.com

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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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