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GeForce GT 130 vs GeForce GT 210

Intro

The GeForce GT 130 comes with core clock speeds of 500 MHz on the GPU, and 250 MHz on the 768 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 48 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 210, which features a GPU core clock speed of 589 MHz, and 512 MB of DDR3 RAM running at 800 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is comprised of 16 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 210 31 Watts
GeForce GT 130 75 Watts
Difference: 44 Watts (142%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GT 210 should theoretically be a bit better than the GeForce GT 130 in general. (explain)

GeForce GT 210 12800 MB/sec
GeForce GT 130 12000 MB/sec
Difference: 800 (7%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 130 should be a lot (about 155%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 210. (explain)

GeForce GT 130 12000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 210 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7288 (155%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GT 130 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GT 130 8000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 210 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5644 (240%)

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 130

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GeForce GT 210

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 130 GeForce GT 210
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 10, 2009 October 2009
Code Name G94b GT218
Memory 768 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 500 MHz 589 MHz
Memory Speed 500 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 31 watts
Bandwidth 12000 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 12000 Mtexels/sec 4712 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 8000 Mpixels/sec 2356 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 48 16
Texture Mapping Units 24 8
Render Output Units 16 4
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 505 million 260 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 130

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GeForce GT 210

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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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