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GeForce GTX 260 vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 has clock speeds of 576 MHz on the GPU, and 999 MHz on the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 192 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 28 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R7 260X, which features 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 260 182 Watts
Difference: 67 Watts (58%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 260 should be just a bit faster than the Radeon R7 260X overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X should be a lot (approximately 67%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 260. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 61600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 36864 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 24736 (67%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X should be a small bit (approximately 9%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce GTX 260, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 17600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 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

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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 260 Radeon R7 260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 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) 182 watts 115 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 104000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36864 Mtexels/sec 61600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 896
Texture Mapping Units 64 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 largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially 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

Amazon.com

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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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