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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 has a clock frequency of 550 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 850 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 960M, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1096 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1000 MHz on this model. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 960M 65 Watts
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 70 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (8%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 960M will be 18% faster than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 64000 MB/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 54400 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (18%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M will be much (approximately 149%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 43840 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 26240 (149%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M will be a lot (about 299%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 17536 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13136 (299%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 GeForce GTX 960M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Novermber 2009 March 12 2015
Code Name GT215 GM107
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 1096 MHz
Memory Speed 3400 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 70 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 54400 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 17600 Mtexels/sec 43840 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 17536 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 640
Texture Mapping Units 32 40
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 289 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core 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 fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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