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GeForce GT 210 vs GeForce GT 340

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 589 MHz. The DDR3 RAM runs at a speed of 800 MHz on this specific model. It features 16 SPUs as well as 8 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 340, which features a core clock frequency of 550 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 850 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 210 31 Watts
GeForce GT 340 69 Watts
Difference: 38 Watts (123%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GT 340 will be 325% faster than the GeForce GT 210 overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GT 340 54400 MB/sec
GeForce GT 210 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 41600 (325%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 340 will be a lot (approximately 274%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GT 210. (explain)

GeForce GT 340 17600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 210 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12888 (274%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GT 340 is superior to the GeForce GT 210, by far. (explain)

GeForce GT 340 4400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 210 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2044 (87%)

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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GeForce GT 340

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 210 GeForce GT 340
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2009 February 2010
Code Name GT218 GT215
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 589 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 3400 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 31 watts 69 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 54400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 4712 Mtexels/sec 17600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2356 Mpixels/sec 4400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 96
Texture Mapping Units 8 32
Render Output Units 4 8
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 64-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 260 million 727 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 3.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can 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 clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GT 210

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GeForce GT 340

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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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