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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm uses a 55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 999 MHz on this specific card. It features 216 SPUs along with 72 Texture Address Units and 28 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R7 260X, which features core clock speeds of 1100 MHz on the GPU, and 1625 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. 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 260 216SP 55 nm 171 Watts
Difference: 56 Watts (49%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm should in theory be a small bit superior to the Radeon R7 260X in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 111888 MB/sec
Radeon R7 260X 104000 MB/sec
Difference: 7888 (8%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X is a lot (approximately 49%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 61600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 41472 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 20128 (49%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA 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 216SP 55 nm 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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm Radeon R7 260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year December 22, 2008 October 2013
Code Name G200b Bonaire XTX
Memory 896 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 6500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 171 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 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm

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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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