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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 6970

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 has a core clock speed of 589 MHz and a DDR3 memory frequency of 800 MHz. It also features a 64-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 16 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6970, which has a clock speed of 880 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1375 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 1536 SPUs, 96 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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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 will be 1275% faster than the GeForce GT 210 in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6970 is a lot (about 1693%) better at texture 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 is much (more or less 1095%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 210, and able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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 maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of 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 in one second.

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