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GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon R7 240

Intro

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 822 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1002 MHz on this model. It features 384 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R7 240, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 730 MHz. The DDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this card. It features 320 SPUs as well as 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 a lot 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 quite a bit (about 260%) more effective at anisotropic 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

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 560 Ti is a better choice, and very much so. (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

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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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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