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GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

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

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 650, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1058 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this specific model. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

(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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 650 will be 14% quicker than the GeForce GTS 250 1GB overall, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB will be much (about 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%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTS 250 1GB, and also capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated 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 drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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