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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 4550 256MB

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 comes with a clock frequency of 589 MHz and a DDR3 memory speed of 800 MHz. It also features a 64-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 16 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4550 256MB, which makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 600 MHz. The DDR3 memory runs at a speed of 800 MHz on this specific model. It features 80(16x5) SPUs as well as 8 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4550 256MB 25 Watts
GeForce GT 210 31 Watts
Difference: 6 Watts (24%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4550 256MB will be a small bit (more or less 2%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 210. (explain)

Radeon HD 4550 256MB 4800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 210 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 88 (2%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 4550 256MB is just a bit (approximately 2%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce GT 210, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 4550 256MB 2400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 210 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 44 (2%)

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 210

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Radeon HD 4550 256MB

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 210 Radeon HD 4550 256MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2009 Sep 30, 2008
Code Name GT218 RV710
Memory 512 MB 256 MB
Core Speed 589 MHz 600 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 31 watts 25 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 4712 Mtexels/sec 4800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2356 Mpixels/sec 2400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 80(16x5)
Texture Mapping Units 8 8
Render Output Units 4 4
Bus Type DDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Transistors 260 million 242 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 3.0

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

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 210

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Radeon HD 4550 256MB

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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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