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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 4550 512MB

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 uses 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 particular card. It features 16 SPUs along with 8 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4550 512MB, which comes with core clock speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 80(16x5) SPUs along with 8 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4550 512MB 25 Watts
GeForce GT 210 31 Watts
Difference: 6 Watts (24%)

Memory Bandwidth

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4550 512MB is a bit (more or less 2%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 210. (explain)

Radeon HD 4550 512MB 4800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 210 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 88 (2%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4550 512MB is a better choice, but only just. (explain)

Radeon HD 4550 512MB 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

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 4550 512MB

Amazon.com

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 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2009 Sep 30, 2008
Code Name GT218 RV710
Memory 512 MB 512 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 GDDR3
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 largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core 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 fill rate also depends on many 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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