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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 6970

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 has a GPU clock speed of 589 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR3 RAM is set to run at 800 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 16 Stream Processors, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6970, which comes with core speeds of 880 MHz on the GPU, and 1375 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1536 SPUs along with 96 TAUs 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

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6970 should theoretically be much superior to 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 is quite a bit (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

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6970 is the winner, by far. (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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated 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 bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 210

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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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