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GeForce GTX 295 vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 295 comes with core speeds of 576 MHz on the GPU, and 999 MHz on the 896 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 240 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 28 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 260X, which has a core clock speed of 1100 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1625 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 896 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 260X 115 Watts
GeForce GTX 295 289 Watts
Difference: 174 Watts (151%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 295 should perform much faster than the Radeon R7 260X overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 295 223776 MB/sec
Radeon R7 260X 104000 MB/sec
Difference: 119776 (115%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 295 will be a lot (more or less 50%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R7 260X. (explain)

GeForce GTX 295 92160 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 260X 61600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 30560 (50%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 295 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 295 32256 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 260X 17600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 14656 (83%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 295

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 295 Radeon R7 260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 8, 2009 October 2013
Code Name G200b Bonaire XTX
Memory 896 MB (x2) 2048 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz (x2) 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz (x2) 6500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 289 watts 115 watts
Bandwidth 223776 MB/sec 104000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 92160 Mtexels/sec 61600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 32256 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 (x2) 896
Texture Mapping Units 80 (x2) 56
Render Output Units 28 (x2) 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit (x2) 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1400 million 2080 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 295

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Radeon R7 260X

Amazon.com

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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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