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GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 738 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 1100 MHz on this specific model. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 650, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1058 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1250 MHz on this specific model. It features 384 SPUs as well as 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 should be a bit faster than the GeForce GTS 250 1GB overall. (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 (more or less 40%) more effective 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

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 650 is superior to the GeForce GTS 250 1GB, 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 largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling 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 can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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