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GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon R7 240

Intro

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti has a clock frequency of 822 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1002 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 384 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R7 240, which features a clock frequency of 730 MHz and a DDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 320 SPUs, 20 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti should in theory be a lot superior to 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 (approximately 260%) better 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

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti will be a lot (approximately 350%) better at AA than the Radeon R7 240, and 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
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 822 MHz 730 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 30 watts
Bandwidth 128256 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52608 Mtexels/sec 14600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 26304 Mpixels/sec 5840 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 320
Texture Mapping Units 64 20
Render Output Units 32 8
Bus Type GDDR5 DDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1950 million 1040 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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