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GeForce GTX 260 vs Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 999 MHz on this specific card. It features 192 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 28 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM), which has a clock frequency of 625 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 800 MHz. It also makes use of a 64-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 160 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 31 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 182 Watts
Difference: 151 Watts (487%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 260 should in theory be much better than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 111888 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 99088 (774%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 will be a lot (approximately 637%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM). (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 36864 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 5000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 31864 (637%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 is a lot (approximately 545%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM), and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 16128 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 2500 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13628 (545%)

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

GeForce GTX 260

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)

Amazon.com

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.

Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 260 Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 16, 2008 February 2011
Code Name G200 Caicos
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 896 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 625 MHz
Shader Speed 1242 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 999 MHz (1998 MHz effective) 800 MHz (1600 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 192 160
Texture Mapping Units 64 8
Render Output Units 28 4
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 448-bit 64-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 182 watts 31 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36864 Mtexels/sec 5000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 2500 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially 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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