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GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon R7 240

Intro

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti has a GPU core clock speed of 822 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1002 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 384 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon R7 240, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 730 MHz, and 2048 MB of DDR3 memory set to run at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 320 Stream Processors, 20 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 240 30 Watts
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 170 Watts
Difference: 140 Watts (467%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti should perform much faster than the Radeon R7 240 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 128256 MB/sec
Radeon R7 240 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 99456 (345%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti should be a lot (approximately 260%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon R7 240. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 52608 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 240 14600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 38008 (260%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti is much (about 350%) better at FSAA than the Radeon R7 240, and also capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 26304 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 240 5840 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 20464 (350%)

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 GTX 560 Ti

Amazon.com

Radeon R7 240

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 GTX 560 Ti Radeon R7 240
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2011 October 2013
Code Name GF114 Oland PRO
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 822 MHz 730 MHz
Shader Speed 1645 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 1800 MHz
Unified Shaders 384 320
Texture Mapping Units 64 20
Render Output Units 32 8
Bus Type GDDR5 DDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 30 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 128256 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52608 Mtexels/sec 14600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 26304 Mpixels/sec 5840 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR 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 amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling 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 chip could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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