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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 vs GeForce GT 430
IntroThe GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 features core clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 850 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 96 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare that to the GeForce GT 430, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 700 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this particular model. It features 96 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
In theory, the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 will be 89% faster than the GeForce GT 430 in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 is much (about 57%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 430. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 is much (about 57%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 430, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)
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.
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Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen 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 the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill 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 maximum fill rate.