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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 4550 512MB

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 has a core clock speed of 589 MHz and a DDR3 memory frequency of 800 MHz. It also features a 64-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 16 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4550 512MB, which features a core clock frequency of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 800 MHz. It also features a 64-bit bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It is comprised of 80(16x5) SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

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Settings: High Settings
AA: none
AF: none
Resolution: 1280x1024
Test Machine: Intel Core i7-920,3 x 1 GB Ram,Windows Vista Ultimate 64 Bit SP1 (Source)
Radeon HD 4550 512MB 26 FPS
GeForce GT 210 20 FPS
Difference: 6 FPS (30%)

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 the exact same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should perform exactly the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4550 512MB should be a small bit (more or less 2%) better at texture 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

The Radeon HD 4550 512MB should be a small bit (more or less 2%) more effective at AA than the GeForce GT 210, and also capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (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

GeForce GT 210

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 4550 512MB

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GT 210 Radeon HD 4550 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2009 Sep 30, 2008
Code Name GT218 RV710
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 589 MHz 600 MHz
Shader Speed 1402 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz (1600 MHz effective) 800 MHz (1600 MHz effective)
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
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 3.0
Power (Max TDP) 31 watts 25 watts
Shader Model 4.1 4.1
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 4712 Mtexels/sec 4800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2356 Mpixels/sec 2400 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once 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 AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one 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 calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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