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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 vs Radeon HD 5750 512MB

Intro

The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 550 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 850 MHz on this specific model. It features 96 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5750 512MB, which comes with a core clock speed of 700 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1150 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 720(144x5) SPUs, 36 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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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

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 5750 512MB should in theory be a lot superior to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 in general. (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 quite a bit (approximately 43%) better at 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 running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5750 512MB is a better choice, and very much so. (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

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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5750 512MB

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 Radeon HD 5750 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Novermber 2009 October 13, 2009
Code Name GT215 Juniper LE
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 700 MHz
Memory Speed 3400 MHz 4600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 70 watts 86 watts
Bandwidth 54400 MB/sec 73600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 17600 Mtexels/sec 25200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 11200 Mpixels/sec
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
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 289 million 1040 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If 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 high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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