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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 6970

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 features core clock speeds of 589 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 16 SPUs as well as 8 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6970, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 880 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1375 MHz on this model. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6970 should perform 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 is quite a bit (more or less 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 using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6970 is a better choice, and very much so. (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 (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. 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 also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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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.

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