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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 frequency at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 999 MHz on this specific card. It features 192 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 28 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM), which has a clock speed of 625 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 800 MHz. It also makes use of a 64-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 160 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 ROPs.

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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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 260 should theoretically be quite a bit 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 should be much (about 637%) more effective at anisotropic 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

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 260 is the winner, and very much so. (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

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GeForce GTX 260

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 260 Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 16, 2008 February 2011
Code Name G200 Caicos
Memory 896 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 625 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 182 watts 31 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36864 Mtexels/sec 5000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 2500 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 160
Texture Mapping Units 64 8
Render Output Units 28 4
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 448-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1400 million 370 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If 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 high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock 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 processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated 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 filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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