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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 frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 850 MHz on this specific model. It features 96 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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 speed of 1150 MHz on this particular model. It features 720(144x5) SPUs along with 36 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator 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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 5750 512MB will be 35% faster than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (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 is quite a bit (about 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

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

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.

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 max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units 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 processed in one second.

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

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