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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 vs Radeon HD 4670 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 card. It features 96 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4670 512MB, which has core speeds of 750 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2 memory. It features 320(64x5) SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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Battlefield Bad Company 2

Settings: High Quality
AA: 4x
AF: 8x
Resolution: 1920x1200
Test Machine: Tom's Hardware Test Machine (Source)
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 18 FPS
Radeon HD 4670 512MB 13 FPS
Difference: 5 FPS (38%)

Left4Dead 2

Settings: Very High
AA: 8x
AF: 16x
Resolution: 1920x1200
Test Machine: Tom's Hardware Test Machine (Source)
Radeon HD 4670 512MB 39 FPS
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 27 FPS
Difference: 12 FPS (44%)

Mass Effect 2

Settings: Maximum Quality
AA: none
AF: 8x
Resolution: 1920x1200
Test Machine: Tom's Hardware Test Machine (Source)
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 43 FPS
Radeon HD 4670 512MB 42 FPS
Difference: 1 FPS (2%)

Supreme Commander 2

Settings: High
AA: 8x
AF: 16x
Resolution: 1920x1200
Test Machine: Tom's Hardware Test Machine (Source)
Radeon HD 4670 512MB 29 FPS
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 26 FPS
Difference: 3 FPS (12%)

Radeon HD 4670 512MB wins

(Based entirely on the benchmarks listed above)

When combining all game benchmark scores on this page together, the Radeon HD 4670 512MB wins overall, by 9 FPS. Please note that we do not have the results of every benchmark ever done for these cards, so the results may differ wildly in different games.

Radeon HD 4670 512MB 123 FPS
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 114 FPS
Difference: 9 FPS (8%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 should theoretically be a lot better than the Radeon HD 4670 512MB overall. (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 should be a lot (approximately 36%) better at 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

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4670 512MB is a better choice, by far. (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.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 4670 512MB

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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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
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16, AGP 8x
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 750 MHz
Shader Speed 1360 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 850 MHz (3400 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (2000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 96 320(64x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 3.0
Power (Max TDP) 70 watts 70 watts
Shader Model 4.1 4.1
Bandwidth 54400 MB/sec 32000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 17600 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 6000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the 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 could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out 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 filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially 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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