ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 vs NVIDIA GeForce GT 440

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2
NVIDIA GeForce GT 440

General info

Comparison of Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GT 440 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
no data
 
0.93
Architecture
TeraScale
 
Fermi
Code name
R680
 
GF108
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
26 January 2008
 
1 February 2011
Launch price (MSRP)
$449
 
$79
Price now
no data
 
$70

Technical specs

Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GT 440's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GT 440's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
320
 
96
CUDA cores
no data
 
96
Core clock speed
825 MHz
 
1620 MHz
Transistor count
666 million
 
585 million
Manufacturing process technology
55 nm
 
40 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
165 Watt
 
65 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
no data
 
98 °C
Texture fill rate
13.20
 
13.0 billion/sec
Floating-point performance
2x 528.0 gflops
 
311.04 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GT 440 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Bus support
no data
 
PCI-E 2.0 x 16
Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
PCIe 2.0 x16
Length
267 mm
 
5.7" (14.5 cm)
Height
no data
 
4.376" (11.1 cm)
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
 
None

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GT 440: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR3
 
DDR3
Maximum RAM amount
512 MB
 
512 MB GDDR5 or 1 GB
Standard memory config per GPU
no data
 
1 GB GDDR5 or 2 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
1802 MHz
 
1600 MHz (GDDR5) or 900 MHz (DDR3)
Memory bandwidth
57.66 GB/s
 
28.8 (DDR3) – 51.2 (GDDR5)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GT 440.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x S-Video
 
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA
Display Connectors
no data
 
HDMIVGADual Link DVI
Multi monitor support
no data
 
+
HDMI
-
 
+
Maximum VGA resolution
no data
 
2048x1536
Audio input for HDMI
no data
 
Internal

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GT 440. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
-
 
+
CUDA
-
 
+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GT 440, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
10.1 (10_1)
 
12 (11_0)
OpenGL
3.3
 
4.2

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GT 440. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

ATI HD 3870 X2 0.20
GT 440 0.24 +20%

Passmark

ATI HD 3870 X2 708
GT 440 798 +12.7%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GT 440. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
no data
 
20 Mh/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GT 440 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2

Wider memory bus (256 vs 128 bit)
More pipelines (320 vs 96)
Higher memory bandwidth (57.66 vs 28.8 GB/s)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GT 440

20% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (1 February 2011 vs 26 January 2008)
Cheaper ($79 vs $449)
Finer manufacturing process technology (40 vs 55 nm)
Less power hungry (65 vs 165 watts)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
3D Vision
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
DirectX 12
HDMI
3D Vision Surround

So, HD 3870 X2 or GT 440?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GT 440.
Should you still have questions on choice between Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GT 440, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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