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GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 6850

Intro

The GeForce GT 210 has core clock speeds of 589 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 16 SPUs along with 8 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6850, which comes with a core clock speed of 775 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 960 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 210 31 Watts
Radeon HD 6850 127 Watts
Difference: 96 Watts (310%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6850 will be 900% faster than the GeForce GT 210 in general, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 128000 MB/sec
GeForce GT 210 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 115200 (900%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6850 is quite a bit (approximately 689%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GT 210. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 37200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 210 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 32488 (689%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6850 should be a lot (approximately 953%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 210, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 24800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 210 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 22444 (953%)

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 6850
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2009 October 2010
Code Name GT218 Barts Pro
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 589 MHz 775 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 31 watts 127 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 4712 Mtexels/sec 37200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2356 Mpixels/sec 24800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 960
Texture Mapping Units 8 48
Render Output Units 4 32
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 64-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 260 million 1700 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of 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

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 6850

Amazon.com

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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 6850”
Aankoop advies (gaming)PC - 9lives - Games Forum says:

[...] alles dus hapert. Hier zie je een theoretisch verschil tussen de geforce 210 en de radeon 6850: GeForce GT 210 vs Radeon HD 6850 – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare In de eerste plaats zou ik de videokaart vervangen, daarna zou ik opteren voor eventueel meer RAM [...]

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