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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 4550 256MB

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 589 MHz. The DDR3 memory works at a speed of 800 MHz on this card. It features 16 SPUs as well as 8 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 4550 256MB, which comes with a core clock frequency of 600 MHz and a DDR3 memory speed of 800 MHz. It also features a 64-bit bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It features 80(16x5) SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation 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 the exact same bandwidth, so theoretically they should have the same performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4550 256MB is a bit (more or less 2%) faster with regards to 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

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4550 256MB is superior to the GeForce GT 210, not by a very large margin though. (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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total 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 number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory 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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