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GeForce GT 440 3GB vs GeForce GTX 470

Intro

The GeForce GT 440 3GB has a GPU core clock speed of 594 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 144 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 470, which has a GPU core clock speed of 607 MHz, and 1280 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 837 MHz through a 320-bit bus. It also is made up of 448 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 40 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 440 3GB 56 Watts
GeForce GTX 470 215 Watts
Difference: 159 Watts (284%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 470, in theory, should perform much faster than the GeForce GT 440 3GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
GeForce GT 440 3GB 43200 MB/sec
Difference: 90720 (210%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 470 is a lot (approximately 138%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GT 440 3GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 440 3GB 14256 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19736 (138%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 470 is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 440 3GB 14256 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10024 (70%)

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 440 3GB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 440 3GB GeForce GTX 470
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2010 March 2010
Code Name GF106 GF100
Memory 3072 MB 1280 MB
Core Speed 594 MHz 607 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3348 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 56 watts 215 watts
Bandwidth 43200 MB/sec 133920 MB/sec
Texel Rate 14256 Mtexels/sec 33992 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14256 Mpixels/sec 24280 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 144 448
Texture Mapping Units 24 56
Render Output Units 24 40
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 320-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1170 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out 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 fill 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 potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 440 3GB

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GeForce GTX 470

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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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