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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 440 Gainward 1GB Edition Radeon HD 3850 AGP
Halo: Reach 209% 229%
Cyberpunk 2077 1236% 1324%
Red Dead Redemption 2 873% 937%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 500% 540%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 873% 937%
Doom Eternal 736% 791%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1236% 1324%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1386% 1484%
FIFA 20 418% 452%
Need For Speed Heat 873% 937%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 440 Gainward 1GB Edition are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon HD 3850 AGP.

The GT 440 has a 142 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the HD 3850. This results in the GT 440 providing 2.3 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GT 440 has a 142 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 3850, but the HD 3850 has 12 more Render Output Units than the GT 440. As a result, the HD 3850 exhibits a 7.5 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GT 440. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GT 440 was released over three years more recently than the HD 3850, and so the GT 440 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 3850 when running the latest games.

The GT 440 has 512 MB more video memory than the HD 3850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the HD 3850 has superior memory performance.

The HD 3850 has 1.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 440, which means that the memory performance of the HD 3850 is marginally better than the GT 440.

The GeForce GT 440 Gainward 1GB Edition has 96 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 3850 AGP has 320. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 440 is 156 and the actual shader performance of the HD 3850 is 214. The HD 3850 having 58 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 3850 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GT 440.

The GT 440 transistor size technology is 15 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 3850. This means that the GT 440 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 3850. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GT 440 should consume less power than the HD 3850.

The GeForce GT 440 Gainward 1GB Edition requires 65 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 3850 AGP requires 75 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 440 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the HD 3850. The HD 3850 requires 10 Watts more than the GT 440 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the HD 3850 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GT 440.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed810 MHzvs668 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF108-400-A1RV670 PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Feb 2011vs03 Jan 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
4.3
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1920x1080
2.8
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2560x1440
2
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs830 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth51.2GB/secvs53.1GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units96vs320
Actual Shader Performance8%vs10%
Technology40nmvs55nm
Texture Mapping Units16vs16
Texture Rate13 GTexel/svs10.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs16
Pixel Rate3.2 GPixel/svs10.7 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power65 Wattsvs75 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 20 Ampsvs450 Watts & 28 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs10.1
Shader Model5.0vs4.1
Open GL4.5vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Celeron G530 2.4GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GT 440 Gainward 1GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's middle-class GeForce GT 440, created by Gainward.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Clock Frequencies of both Central Unit and Operating Memory Clock Remain the Same.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System remains the same.

Performance
Without Overclocking Out of The Box, GeForce GT 440 Gainward 1GB Edition is as fast as the reference GeForce GT 440.
Radeon HD 3850 AGP is a variant of the high-end Radeon HD 3850 based on the 55nm, second unified shader architecture, R600. Check its page to know more about its Core.
Compared to Radeon HD 3850, it features twice as much video memory and an AGP 8X Bus Interface. Benchmarks indicate the double sized frame buffer benefits this GPU largely and so its performance is up to 8% better than the reference Radeon HD 3850.
Today's modern games should run fluently at medium settings but with modest resolutions. DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
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