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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 4550 512MB

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 comes with a GPU clock speed of 589 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR3 memory is set to run at 800 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 16 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 4550 512MB, which makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 800 MHz on this specific card. It features 80(16x5) SPUs as well as 8 Texture Address Units and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Fallout 3

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4550 512MB is a bit (approximately 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

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4550 512MB is the winner, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (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

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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
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 1600 MHz 1600 MHz
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 max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

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

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