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

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 999 MHz on this card. It features 216 SPUs as well as 72 TAUs and 28 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, which features a core clock frequency of 750 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 64-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 160 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 ROPs.

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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

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216, in theory, should perform a lot faster than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB overall. (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 is quite a bit (more or less 591%) better at AF 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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 is superior to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, by a large margin. (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

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB

Amazon.com

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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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher 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 most pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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