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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 clocked the core speed at 550 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 850 MHz on this model. It features 96 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 5750 512MB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 700 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1150 MHz on this specific 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

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 5750 512MB should in theory be a lot better than 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 a lot (more or less 43%) faster with regards to texture filtering 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

The Radeon HD 5750 512MB should be much (about 155%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5, and should be able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (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 max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock 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 processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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