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GeForce GT 340 vs Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB

Intro

The GeForce GT 340 comes with a GPU core speed of 550 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 850 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 96 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB, which features GPU clock speed of 625 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR3 memory set to run at 993 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 340 69 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB 250 Watts
Difference: 181 Watts (262%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB should be much faster than the GeForce GT 340 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB 127104 MB/sec
GeForce GT 340 54400 MB/sec
Difference: 72704 (134%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB should be a lot (approximately 184%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 340. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB 50000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 340 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 32400 (184%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB will be a lot (about 355%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 340, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB 20000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 340 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 15600 (355%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GT 340

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Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB

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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 340 Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2010 Nov 7, 2008
Code Name GT215 R700
Memory 512 MB 512 MB (x2)
Core Speed 550 MHz 625 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 3400 MHz 1986 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 69 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 54400 MB/sec 127104 MB/sec
Texel Rate 17600 Mtexels/sec 50000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 20000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 800(160x5) (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 32 40 (x2)
Render Output Units 8 16 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit (x2)
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Transistors 727 million 956 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16 (PCIe bridge)
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.3 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured 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 speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 340

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Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB

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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