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GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB has a core clock speed of 738 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 1100 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It features 128 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 650, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1058 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1250 MHz on this specific card. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 650 64 Watts
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 145 Watts
Difference: 81 Watts (127%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 650 should perform just a bit faster than the GeForce GTS 250 1GB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 70400 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (14%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB should be much (approximately 40%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 47232 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13376 (40%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 650 should be quite a bit (more or less 43%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTS 250 1GB, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 11808 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5120 (43%)

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 GTS 250 1GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 650

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTS 250 1GB GeForce GTX 650
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 3, 2009 September 2012
Code Name G92a/b GK107
Fab Process 65/55 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 1058 MHz
Shader Speed 1836 MHz 1058 MHz
Memory Speed 1100 MHz (2200 MHz effective) 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 128 384
Texture Mapping Units 64 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 64 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 80000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 33856 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 16928 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs GeForce GTX 650”
kneegrow says:
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