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GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 vs Radeon HD 3470 512MB

Intro

The GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 features a clock speed of 625 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 1012 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 48 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 3470 512MB, which uses a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 950 MHz on this particular card. It features 40(8x5) SPUs as well as 4 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 is 7% quicker than the Radeon HD 3470 512MB overall, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 32384 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3470 512MB 30400 MB/sec
Difference: 1984 (7%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 is a lot (approximately 213%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 3470 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 10000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3470 512MB 3200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6800 (213%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 should be a lot (about 56%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 3470 512MB, and able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 5000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 3470 512MB 3200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1800 (56%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 Radeon HD 3470 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2009 2008
Code Name GT216 RV620 PRO
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 625 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 2024 MHz 1900 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 58 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 32384 MB/sec 30400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10000 Mtexels/sec 3200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5000 Mpixels/sec 3200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 48 40(8x5)
Texture Mapping Units 16 4
Render Output Units 8 4
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Transistors 486 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GT 220 GDDR3

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Radeon HD 3470 512MB

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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.

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