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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 vs Radeon HD 5750 512MB

Intro

The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 850 MHz on this card. It features 96 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5750 512MB, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 700 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1150 MHz on this particular model. It features 720(144x5) SPUs along with 36 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 70 Watts
Radeon HD 5750 512MB 86 Watts
Difference: 16 Watts (23%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 5750 512MB should theoretically be much superior to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 5750 512MB 73600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 54400 MB/sec
Difference: 19200 (35%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5750 512MB should be a lot (more or less 43%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5. (explain)

Radeon HD 5750 512MB 25200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7600 (43%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5750 512MB is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 5750 512MB 11200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6800 (155%)

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 240 GDDR5

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5750 512MB

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 Radeon HD 5750 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Novermber 2009 October 13, 2009
Code Name GT215 Juniper LE
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 700 MHz
Shader Speed 1360 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 850 MHz (3400 MHz effective) 1150 MHz (4600 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 96 720(144x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 36
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 3.2
Power (Max TDP) 70 watts 86 watts
Shader Model 4.1 5.0
Bandwidth 54400 MB/sec 73600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 17600 Mtexels/sec 25200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 11200 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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