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GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 vs GeForce GTS 450 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 comes with a GPU clock speed of 625 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 1012 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 48 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTS 450 1GB, which has GPU core speed of 783 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 902 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 192 Stream Processors, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 58 Watts
GeForce GTS 450 1GB 106 Watts
Difference: 48 Watts (83%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTS 450 1GB will be 78% quicker than the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 57728 MB/sec
GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 32384 MB/sec
Difference: 25344 (78%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB is a lot (about 151%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 25056 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 10000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15056 (151%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB should be quite a bit (about 151%) better at FSAA than the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 12528 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 5000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7528 (151%)

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 220 GDDR3

Amazon.com

GeForce GTS 450 1GB

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 GeForce GTS 450 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2009 September 2010
Code Name GT216 GF106
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 625 MHz 783 MHz
Shader Speed 1360 MHz 1566 MHz
Memory Speed 1012 MHz (2024 MHz effective) 902 MHz (3608 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 48 192
Texture Mapping Units 16 32
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 58 watts 106 watts
Shader Model 4.1 5.0
Bandwidth 32384 MB/sec 57728 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10000 Mtexels/sec 25056 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5000 Mpixels/sec 12528 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the 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 most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel 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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