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GeForce GT 440 3GB vs Radeon HD 5570

Intro

The GeForce GT 440 3GB has a GPU core clock speed of 594 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 900 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 144 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 5570, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 650 MHz. The DDR3 RAM is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this model. It features 400(80x5) SPUs as well as 20 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator 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

The GeForce GT 440 3GB, in theory, should be a lot faster than the Radeon HD 5570 overall. (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 little bit (more or less 10%) more effective at texture filtering 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 running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GT 440 3GB is a better choice, and very much so. (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

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 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 max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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