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GeForce GT 440 3GB vs Radeon HD 5570

Intro

The GeForce GT 440 3GB uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 594 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this model. It features 144 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5570, which comes with GPU core speed of 650 MHz, and 512 MB of DDR3 memory running at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 400(80x5) SPUs, 20 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5570 43 Watts
GeForce GT 440 3GB 56 Watts
Difference: 13 Watts (30%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GT 440 3GB is 50% faster than the Radeon HD 5570 overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 3GB 43200 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5570 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 14400 (50%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 440 3GB will be a bit (about 10%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 5570. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 3GB 14256 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5570 13000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 1256 (10%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GT 440 3GB is superior to the Radeon HD 5570, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 3GB 14256 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5570 5200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9056 (174%)

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 440 3GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5570

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 440 3GB Radeon HD 5570
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2010 February 9, 2010
Code Name GF106 Redwood PRO
Memory 3072 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 594 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 56 watts 43 watts
Bandwidth 43200 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 14256 Mtexels/sec 13000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14256 Mpixels/sec 5200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 144 400(80x5)
Texture Mapping Units 24 20
Render Output Units 24 8
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1170 million 627 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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