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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 comes with core clock speeds of 576 MHz on the GPU, and 999 MHz on the 896 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 216 SPUs as well as 72 TAUs and 28 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 260X, which features a clock speed of 1100 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1625 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 should perform just a 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 is much (about 49%) better at texture filtering 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

The Radeon R7 260X is a little bit (about 9%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216, and also capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could 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 Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory 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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