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GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 vs GeForce GTS 450 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 comes with clock speeds of 625 MHz on the GPU, and 1012 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 48 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTS 450 1GB, which has GPU clock speed of 783 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 902 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 192 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, 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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTS 450 1GB should in theory be much better 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 should be much (more or less 151%) more effective at AF 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 is much (about 151%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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