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GeForce GT 440 3GB vs Radeon HD 5570
IntroThe GeForce GT 440 3GB has clock speeds of 594 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 144 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.
Compare those specs 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 card. 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)
Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GT 440 3GB should be quite a bit faster than the Radeon HD 5570 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GT 440 3GB is a little bit (approximately 10%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5570. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GT 440 3GB should be a lot (more or less 174%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 5570, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster 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 in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per 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 number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.