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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 589 MHz. The DDR3 memory works at a frequency of 800 MHz on this particular model. It features 16 SPUs as well as 8 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM), which has clock speeds of 625 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 160 SPUs as well as 8 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same bandwidth, so in theory they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) will be a small bit (approximately 6%) better at AF than the GeForce GT 210. (explain)

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 5000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 210 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 288 (6%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) is the winner, but only just. (explain)

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 2500 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 210 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 144 (6%)

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 210

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 210 Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2009 February 2011
Code Name GT218 Caicos
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 589 MHz 625 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 31 watts 31 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 4712 Mtexels/sec 5000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2356 Mpixels/sec 2500 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 160
Texture Mapping Units 8 8
Render Output Units 4 4
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 260 million 370 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure 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 video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 210

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Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)

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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.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)”
Kurtis says:

thanks for posting this.

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