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GeForce 8400 GS 512MB vs GeForce GT 210

Intro

The GeForce 8400 GS 512MB has a GPU core speed of 650 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM runs at 400 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 16 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GT 210, which has core speeds of 589 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR3 RAM. It features 16 SPUs as well as 8 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 210 31 Watts
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 40 Watts
Difference: 9 Watts (29%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GT 210 will be 100% faster than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB overall, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GT 210 12800 MB/sec
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 6400 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (100%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8400 GS 512MB will be just a bit (approximately 10%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GT 210. (explain)

GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 5200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 210 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 488 (10%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB is a better choice, not by a very large margin though. (explain)

GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 2600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 210 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 244 (10%)

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 8400 GS 512MB

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 210

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce 8400 GS 512MB GeForce GT 210
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 2007 October 2009
Code Name G86 GT218
Fab Process 80 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16, PCI PCIe 2.0
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 589 MHz
Shader Speed 1100 MHz 1402 MHz
Memory Speed 400 MHz (800 MHz effective) 800 MHz (1600 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 16 16
Texture Mapping Units 8 8
Render Output Units 4 4
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 64-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2
Power (Max TDP) 40 watts 31 watts
Shader Model 4.0 4.1
Bandwidth 6400 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 5200 Mtexels/sec 4712 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2600 Mpixels/sec 2356 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

Comments

11 Responses to “GeForce 8400 GS 512MB vs GeForce GT 210”
Luck says:
Dentre essas duas prefiro a GeForce 8400 GS, embora eu tenha a 9400 GT 1GB
Grant says:
Don't get either of these, get a Radeon instead.
Nomad says:
Se me quemo la 8400 GS y me dieron una Zotac 210 GeForce diciendome que era mejor, me cagaron...
Anonymous says:
210 is 100x better
Anonymous says:
have both just cause 2 runs on 8400 9-15 fps in 210 25-30
nfs hp 8600 15-20 fps 210 20-35
andrew says:
"Get a Radeon"... AMD's drivers are nothing short of completely abysmal. Owned Geforce cards for over 10 years without ever an issue - drivers installed perfectly. Bought a budget HD5450 after my 7600GT died (lasted over 5 yrs) and have installed driver updates only for them to not work and each time having to use System Restore (on XP) to revert. I'm stuck with old drivers that came with the card. Photoshop is slow (font switching when cycling through options is lousy). I'd never go back to AMD. Buying a GTX 560 for my new PC over anything AMD offer.
Anonymous says:
I've never had anything but issues with nVidia cards... to each their own...
Anonymous says:
The whole nVidia vs. Radeon graphics depends on the processor you have installed. You have an Intel based processor? Pair it with nVidia. You have an AMD processor? Buy Radeon, it's made for AMD processors. If you've had bad experiences with either/or, it's most likely because you had one processor and the other graphics card. Don't be ignorant; know what's under the hood and how it works before you go and start saying this or that is better or worse.
victor says:
la desvetaja que tenia la 8400 era la memoria ddr2, ahora hay de 1g ddr3 y es mejor que la 210. y lo digo con conocimiento de causa, tengo 2 maquinas un athlon x2 con una 8400gs ddr3 y un core i3 con una 210 y la mayoria de los juegos me corren mejor en el athlon, teniendo en cuenta que la compatibilidad nvidea-amd no es la mejor...
FBI says:
la veerdad, para mi gana la 210, ya que es mas nueva.
por ej, con la geforce 8400gs es del 2007 y puede que tenga mas potencia.
pero la geforce 210 es menos potente (por poco) ademas tiene nuevas caracterizticas y mas rapides.
trae pure video HD por ejemplo.
yo tengo una fuente generica de 450w y un dual core 2.0ghz intel.
la verdad la 8400gs entra bien , y la 210 entra justo.
yo me voy a comprar la 210 ya que es mas compatible con juegos, trae mas memoria y es mas nueva con mejores caracterizticas.
no es lo mismo jugar al battlefield 3 con esa 8400gs que andaria en todo low a 12 fps.
y jugar a 20 fps con la 210
Larry says:
Radeon vrs Nvidia has nothing to do with which processor you have. I have installed AMD Radeon Cards on both systems.

Most of the time when people have problems with Drivers it is because they purchased a "Cheap Brand" video card and need to get the drivers from the manufacture, not from AMD. It is "NOT" AMD's fault when you purchase a cheap card with a custom bios from the manufacture that causes you to need drivers direct.

I've also seen where people need to update the Bios from the manufacturer and never do.

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