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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 vs GeForce GT 430

Intro

The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 features a clock speed of 550 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 850 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GT 430, which has GPU clock speed of 700 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR3 memory running at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 4 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 430 60 Watts
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 70 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (17%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 should in theory perform much faster than the GeForce GT 430 overall. (explain)

GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 54400 MB/sec
GeForce GT 430 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 25600 (89%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 is quite a bit (about 57%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 430. (explain)

GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 17600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 430 11200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6400 (57%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 is superior to the GeForce GT 430, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 4400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 2800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1600 (57%)

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 240 GDDR5

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 430

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 GeForce GT 430
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Novermber 2009 October 2010
Code Name GT215 GF108
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 700 MHz
Shader Speed 1360 MHz 1400 MHz
Memory Speed 3400 MHz 1800 MHz
Unified Shaders 96 96
Texture Mapping Units 32 16
Render Output Units 8 4
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 70 watts 60 watts
Shader Model 4.1 5.0
Bandwidth 54400 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 17600 Mtexels/sec 11200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 2800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at 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 that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

Comments

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