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GeForce GTX 260 vs Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 comes with a GPU clock speed of 576 MHz, and the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also is comprised of 192 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM), which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 625 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 800 MHz on this specific model. It features 160 SPUs along with 8 Texture Address Units and 4 Rasterization Operator 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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 260 will be 774% quicker than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (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 (more or less 637%) better 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

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 260 is a better choice, 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

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 (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can 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 Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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