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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB

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The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 999 MHz on this specific card. It features 216 SPUs as well as 72 TAUs and 28 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 750 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 160 SPUs as well as 8 Texture Address Units and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 31 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 171 Watts (552%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 is 289% faster than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 83088 (289%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 should be much (approximately 591%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 6000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 35472 (591%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 3000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13128 (438%)

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 Core 216

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Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 16, 2008 February 2011
Code Name G200 Caicos
Memory 896 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 31 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 6000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 3000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 160
Texture Mapping Units 72 8
Render Output Units 28 4
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
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 largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of 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 applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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