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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 6970

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 has core speeds of 589 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 16 SPUs along with 8 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6970, which features clock speeds of 880 MHz on the GPU, and 1375 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1536 SPUs along with 96 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 6970 250 Watts
Difference: 219 Watts (706%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6970 should be much faster than the GeForce GT 210 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 176000 MB/sec
GeForce GT 210 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 163200 (1275%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6970 will be a lot (about 1693%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 210. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 84480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 210 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 79768 (1693%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6970 will be much (approximately 1095%) better at AA than the GeForce GT 210, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 28160 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 210 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 25804 (1095%)

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 6970

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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 6970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2009 December 2010
Code Name GT218 Cayman XT
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 589 MHz 880 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 31 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 176000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 4712 Mtexels/sec 84480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2356 Mpixels/sec 28160 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 1536
Texture Mapping Units 8 96
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 data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This 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 graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. 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 rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GT 210

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 6970

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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