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GeForce GTX 650 vs Radeon R7 250

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1058 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1250 MHz on this particular card. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R7 250, which comes with a core clock frequency of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1150 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 384 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 650 64 Watts
Radeon R7 250 65 Watts
Difference: 1 Watts (2%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 650 should in theory be a bit superior to the Radeon R7 250 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
Radeon R7 250 73600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (9%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 650 is a lot (approximately 41%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon R7 250. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 250 24000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9856 (41%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 650 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 250 8000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 8928 (112%)

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 GTX 650

Amazon.com

Radeon R7 250

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

Model GeForce GTX 650 Radeon R7 250
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2012 October 2013
Code Name GK107 Oland XT
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1058 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed 1058 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective) 1150 MHz (4600 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 384 384
Texture Mapping Units 32 24
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 64 watts 65 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 80000 MB/sec 73600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33856 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16928 Mpixels/sec 8000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 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 anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's 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 memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce GTX 650 vs Radeon R7 250”
gamer says:
GTX 650 = R7 250 (fps)

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