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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 vs Radeon HD 4670 512MB


The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 850 MHz on this model. It features 96 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4670 512MB, which uses a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 750 MHz. The GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2 memory works at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this model. It features 320(64x5) SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 should theoretically be much faster than the Radeon HD 4670 512MB in general. (explain)

GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 54400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4670 512MB 32000 MB/sec
Difference: 22400 (70%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4670 512MB will be much (about 36%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5. (explain)

Radeon HD 4670 512MB 24000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6400 (36%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 4670 512MB should be much (approximately 36%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5, and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 4670 512MB 6000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1600 (36%)

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.

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Model GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 Radeon HD 4670 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Novermber 2009 Sep 10, 2008
Code Name GT215 RV730 XT
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 3400 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 70 watts 70 watts
Bandwidth 54400 MB/sec 32000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 17600 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 6000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 320(64x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Transistors 289 million 514 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16, AGP 8x
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes 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 clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 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, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines 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, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.


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