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GeForce GT 340 vs Radeon HD 3850 512MB

Intro

The GeForce GT 340 comes with a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 850 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 96 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 3850 512MB, which has a clock speed of 668 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 828 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is made up of 320(64x5) SPUs, 16 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 3850 512MB 75 Watts
Difference: 6 Watts (9%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GT 340 should theoretically be a small bit better than the Radeon HD 3850 512MB overall. (explain)

GeForce GT 340 54400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3850 512MB 52992 MB/sec
Difference: 1408 (3%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 340 will be much (about 65%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 3850 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GT 340 17600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 512MB 10688 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6912 (65%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 3850 512MB will be much (more or less 143%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 340, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon HD 3850 512MB 10688 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 340 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6288 (143%)

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 3850 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 3850 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2010 Nov 19, 2007
Code Name GT215 RV670 PRO
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 668 MHz
Memory Speed 3400 MHz 1656 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 69 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 54400 MB/sec 52992 MB/sec
Texel Rate 17600 Mtexels/sec 10688 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 10688 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 320(64x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 16
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Transistors 727 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16/AGP 8x
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.3 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. 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 fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GT 340

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 3850 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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