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GeForce GTX 465 vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 465 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 607 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 802 MHz on this model. It features 352 SPUs as well as 44 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R7 260X, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1100 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1625 MHz on this specific model. It features 896 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 260X 115 Watts
GeForce GTX 465 200 Watts
Difference: 85 Watts (74%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R7 260X is 1% quicker than the GeForce GTX 465 overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 104000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 465 102592 MB/sec
Difference: 1408 (1%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X should be much (approximately 131%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 465. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 61600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 465 26708 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 34892 (131%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 465 is a better choice, but not by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 465 19424 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 260X 17600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1824 (10%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 465 Radeon R7 260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2010 October 2013
Code Name GF100 Bonaire XTX
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 3208 MHz 6500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 200 watts 115 watts
Bandwidth 102592 MB/sec 104000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26708 Mtexels/sec 61600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 19424 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 352 896
Texture Mapping Units 44 56
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million 2080 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 data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum 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 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 maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 465

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Radeon R7 260X

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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.

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