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GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 vs GeForce GTS 450 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 625 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 1012 MHz on this model. It features 48 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

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

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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

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB, in theory, should perform a lot faster than the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 overall. (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 will be much (more or less 151%) better at texture 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

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 450 1GB is superior to the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3, and very much so. (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

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GeForce GT 220 GDDR3

Amazon.com

GeForce GTS 450 1GB

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 GeForce GTS 450 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2009 September 2010
Code Name GT216 GF106
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 625 MHz 783 MHz
Memory Speed 2024 MHz 3608 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 58 watts 106 watts
Bandwidth 32384 MB/sec 57728 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10000 Mtexels/sec 25056 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5000 Mpixels/sec 12528 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 48 192
Texture Mapping Units 16 32
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 486 million 1170 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If 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 can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, 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 maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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