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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 4650 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 589 MHz. The DDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 800 MHz on this specific card. It features 16 SPUs as well as 8 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4650 1GB, which uses a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 700 MHz on this specific card. It features 320(64x5) SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 210 31 Watts
Radeon HD 4650 1GB 55 Watts
Difference: 24 Watts (77%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 4650 1GB should be a lot faster than the GeForce GT 210 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 4650 1GB 22400 MB/sec
GeForce GT 210 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (75%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4650 1GB is a lot (about 307%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GT 210. (explain)

Radeon HD 4650 1GB 19200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 210 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14488 (307%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 4650 1GB should be a lot (about 104%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce GT 210, and also able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon HD 4650 1GB 4800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 210 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2444 (104%)

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 210

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 4650 1GB

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GT 210 Radeon HD 4650 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2009 Sep 10, 2008
Code Name GT218 RV730 PRO
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16, AGP 8x
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 589 MHz 600 MHz
Shader Speed 1402 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz (1600 MHz effective) 700 MHz (1400 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 16 320(64x5)
Texture Mapping Units 8 32
Render Output Units 4 8
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 3.0
Power (Max TDP) 31 watts 55 watts
Shader Model 4.1 4.1
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 22400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 4712 Mtexels/sec 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2356 Mpixels/sec 4800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 4650 1GB”
Fabih-ul-owais says:
I was going through nvidia gt 210 1gb ddr3 for so long. I couldnt play latest games on suitable resolution. It made me feel so bore. After some time i prefered amd ati raedon 4650 1gb ddr3. It was so amazing to play games through that. In short amd is much better than nvidia

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