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GeForce 8500 GT vs GeForce GT 210

Intro

The GeForce 8500 GT features a core clock speed of 450 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 400 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 80 nm design. It is made up of 16 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GT 210, which has clock speeds of 589 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 16 SPUs as well as 8 Texture Address Units and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 210 31 Watts
GeForce 8500 GT 45 Watts
Difference: 14 Watts (45%)

Memory Bandwidth

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 210 should be a lot (more or less 31%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8500 GT. (explain)

GeForce GT 210 4712 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8500 GT 3600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 1112 (31%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 210 should be a lot (about 31%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8500 GT, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GT 210 2356 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8500 GT 1800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 556 (31%)

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 8500 GT

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GeForce GT 210

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8500 GT GeForce GT 210
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 October 2009
Code Name G86 GT218
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 450 MHz 589 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 45 watts 31 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 3600 Mtexels/sec 4712 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 1800 Mpixels/sec 2356 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 16
Texture Mapping Units 8 8
Render Output Units 4 4
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 40 nm
Transistors 210 million 260 million
Bus PCIe x16, PCI, PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one 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 - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel 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 get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8500 GT

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GeForce GT 210

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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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