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GeForce GT 130 vs GeForce GT 210

Intro

The GeForce GT 130 features core clock speeds of 500 MHz on the GPU, and 250 MHz on the 768 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 48 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 210, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 589 MHz. The DDR3 memory works at a speed of 800 MHz on this particular card. It features 16 SPUs along with 8 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 210 31 Watts
GeForce GT 130 75 Watts
Difference: 44 Watts (142%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GT 210 should in theory be a little bit better than the GeForce GT 130 overall. (explain)

GeForce GT 210 12800 MB/sec
GeForce GT 130 12000 MB/sec
Difference: 800 (7%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 130 should be quite a bit (more or less 155%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GT 210. (explain)

GeForce GT 130 12000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 210 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7288 (155%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 130 should be quite a bit (approximately 240%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 210, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GT 130 8000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 210 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5644 (240%)

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 130 GeForce GT 210
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 10, 2009 October 2009
Code Name G94b GT218
Memory 768 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 500 MHz 589 MHz
Memory Speed 500 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 31 watts
Bandwidth 12000 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 12000 Mtexels/sec 4712 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 8000 Mpixels/sec 2356 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 48 16
Texture Mapping Units 24 8
Render Output Units 16 4
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 505 million 260 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster 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 applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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