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GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs Radeon HD 5750 512MB

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB comes with a GPU clock speed of 738 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 1100 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 128 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 5750 512MB, which features clock speeds of 700 MHz on the GPU, and 1150 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 720(144x5) SPUs as well as 36 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5750 512MB 86 Watts
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 145 Watts
Difference: 59 Watts (69%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 5750 512MB should theoretically be a little bit better than the GeForce GTS 250 1GB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 5750 512MB 73600 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 70400 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (5%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB should be much (about 87%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 5750 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 47232 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5750 512MB 25200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22032 (87%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 250 1GB is the winner, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 11808 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5750 512MB 11200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 608 (5%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTS 250 1GB Radeon HD 5750 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 3, 2009 October 13, 2009
Code Name G92a/b Juniper LE
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 700 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 4600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 86 watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 73600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 25200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 11200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 720(144x5)
Texture Mapping Units 64 36
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 1040 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few 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 GTS 250 1GB

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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.

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