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GeForce GT 340 vs Radeon HD 4850 2GB

Intro

The GeForce GT 340 comes with clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 850 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 96 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4850 2GB, which makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 625 MHz. The GDDR4 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 993 MHz on this model. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 340 69 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 110 Watts
Difference: 41 Watts (59%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 4850 2GB, in theory, should perform a little bit faster than the GeForce GT 340 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 2GB 63552 MB/sec
GeForce GT 340 54400 MB/sec
Difference: 9152 (17%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 2GB is quite a bit (about 42%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 340. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 2GB 25000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 340 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7400 (42%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 2GB is much (more or less 127%) better at AA than the GeForce GT 340, and also capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 2GB 10000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 340 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5600 (127%)

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 340

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Radeon HD 4850 2GB

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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 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2010 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name GT215 RV770 PRO
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 625 MHz
Memory Speed 3400 MHz 1986 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 69 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 54400 MB/sec 63552 MB/sec
Texel Rate 17600 Mtexels/sec 25000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 10000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 40
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR4
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Transistors 727 million 956 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.3 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling 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 can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many 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 340

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 4850 2GB

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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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