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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 vs Radeon HD 5750 512MB

Intro

The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 has a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 850 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 96 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5750 512MB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 700 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1150 MHz on this specific model. It features 720(144x5) SPUs as well as 36 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

(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

The Radeon HD 5750 512MB should in theory perform a lot faster than 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 is quite a bit (approximately 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

The Radeon HD 5750 512MB will be much (approximately 155%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5, and able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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 data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, 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 can be applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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