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GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB comes with a GPU core clock speed of 738 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 1100 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 128 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 650, which has a clock frequency of 1058 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 32 TAUs, 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 is 14% quicker than the GeForce GTS 250 1GB overall, because of its greater 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 should be quite a bit (approximately 40%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 650 is the winner, and very much so. (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 maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, 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 applied per second. This figure is calculated 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 texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video 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 number of Render Output Units by the the core 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 rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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