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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 features a clock speed of 576 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 999 MHz. It also makes use of a 448-bit bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It features 216 SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 260X, which comes with a clock speed of 1100 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1625 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 896 SPUs, 56 TAUs, 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 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 87 Watts (76%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216, in theory, should be a little bit faster than the Radeon R7 260X overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
Radeon R7 260X 104000 MB/sec
Difference: 7888 (8%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X should be quite a bit (more or less 49%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 61600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 20128 (49%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R7 260X is a better choice, though only just barely. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 17600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1472 (9%)

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 260 Core 216

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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 260 Core 216 Radeon R7 260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 16, 2008 October 2013
Code Name G200 Bonaire XTX
Memory 896 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 6500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 115 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 104000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 61600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 896
Texture Mapping Units 72 56
Render Output Units 28 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 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 moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, 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 of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling 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 chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. 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 quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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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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