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GeForce GT 440 1.5GB vs Radeon HD 3850 256MB

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The GeForce GT 440 1.5GB comes with core speeds of 594 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 144 SPUs along with 24 TAUs and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 3850 256MB, which has core speeds of 668 MHz on the GPU, and 828 MHz on the 256 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 320(64x5) SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 56 Watts
Radeon HD 3850 256MB 75 Watts
Difference: 19 Watts (34%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 3850 256MB, in theory, should perform a lot faster than the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 3850 256MB 52992 MB/sec
GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 43200 MB/sec
Difference: 9792 (23%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 440 1.5GB should be a lot (about 33%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 3850 256MB. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 14256 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 256MB 10688 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3568 (33%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB is superior to the Radeon HD 3850 256MB, by far. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 14256 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 256MB 10688 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3568 (33%)

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 440 1.5GB Radeon HD 3850 256MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2010 Nov 19, 2007
Code Name GF106 RV670 PRO
Memory 1536 MB 256 MB
Core Speed 594 MHz 668 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1656 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 56 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 43200 MB/sec 52992 MB/sec
Texel Rate 14256 Mtexels/sec 10688 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14256 Mpixels/sec 10688 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 144 320(64x5)
Texture Mapping Units 24 16
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Transistors 1170 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16/AGP 8x
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GT 440 1.5GB

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Radeon HD 3850 256MB

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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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