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GeForce GTX 285 1GB vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 285 1GB makes use of a 55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 648 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 1242 MHz on this specific model. It features 240 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R7 260X, which features a core clock frequency of 1100 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1625 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 896 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 260X 115 Watts
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 204 Watts
Difference: 89 Watts (77%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 285 1GB is 53% quicker than the Radeon R7 260X overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 285 1GB 158976 MB/sec
Radeon R7 260X 104000 MB/sec
Difference: 54976 (53%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X should be a little bit (approximately 19%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 61600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 51840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9760 (19%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 285 1GB is a better choice, but only just. (explain)

GeForce GTX 285 1GB 20736 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 260X 17600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3136 (18%)

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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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 285 1GB Radeon R7 260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 15, 2009 October 2013
Code Name G200b Bonaire XTX
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 648 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 2484 MHz 6500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 204 watts 115 watts
Bandwidth 158976 MB/sec 104000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 51840 Mtexels/sec 61600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20736 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 896
Texture Mapping Units 80 56
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 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 max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially 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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GeForce GTX 285 1GB

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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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