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GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs GeForce GTX 650


Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 738 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 1100 MHz on this specific card. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 650, which has a core clock frequency of 1058 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 384 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 650 should in theory be a little bit better 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 should be a lot (more or less 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

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 650 is a better choice, by a large margin. (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

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GeForce GTS 250 1GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 650

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTS 250 1GB GeForce GTX 650
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 3, 2009 September 2012
Code Name G92a/b GK107
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 1058 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 64 watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 80000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 33856 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 16928 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 384
Texture Mapping Units 64 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 million 1300 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTS 250 1GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 650

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Comments

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

lol@blank prices

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