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GeForce GT 440 3GB vs Radeon HD 5570

Intro

The GeForce GT 440 3GB comes with a core clock frequency of 594 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also features a 192-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 144 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5570, which comes with core speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR3 RAM. It features 400(80x5) SPUs as well as 20 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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 will be 50% faster than the Radeon HD 5570 in general, 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 should be a bit (more or less 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

The GeForce GT 440 3GB should be a lot (more or less 174%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 5570, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (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

GeForce GT 440 3GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5570

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GT 440 3GB Radeon HD 5570
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2010 February 9, 2010
Code Name GF106 Redwood PRO
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 3072 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 594 MHz 650 MHz
Shader Speed 1189 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective) 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective)
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
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.2
Power (Max TDP) 56 watts 43 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 43200 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 14256 Mtexels/sec 13000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14256 Mpixels/sec 5200 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. 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 lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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