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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 6950 2GB

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 589 MHz. The DDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 800 MHz on this specific model. It features 16 SPUs as well as 8 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6950 2GB, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1250 MHz on this particular model. It features 1408 SPUs as well as 88 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 210 31 Watts
Radeon HD 6950 2GB 200 Watts
Difference: 169 Watts (545%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6950 2GB is 1150% quicker than the GeForce GT 210 overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 2GB 160000 MB/sec
GeForce GT 210 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 147200 (1150%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 2GB should be a lot (about 1394%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 210. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 2GB 70400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 210 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 65688 (1394%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6950 2GB is superior to the GeForce GT 210, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 2GB 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 2GB

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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 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2009 December 2010
Code Name GT218 Cayman Pro
Memory 512 MB 2048 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 largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video 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 most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel 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 potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 210

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Radeon HD 6950 2GB

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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