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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs Radeon R9 270X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 features a GPU clock speed of 576 MHz, and the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also features 216 Stream Processors, 72 Texture Address Units, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 270X, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1000 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1400 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1280 Stream Processors, 80 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 270X 180 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 22 Watts (12%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 270X, in theory, should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 270X 179200 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 67312 (60%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 270X should be much (more or less 93%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216. (explain)

Radeon R9 270X 80000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 38528 (93%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 270X is much (approximately 98%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216, and should be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon R9 270X 32000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 15872 (98%)

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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Radeon R9 270X

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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 R9 270X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 16, 2008 October 2013
Code Name G200 Curacao XT
Memory 896 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 180 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 80000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 32000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 1280
Texture Mapping Units 72 80
Render Output Units 28 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1400 million 2800 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 largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka 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, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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Radeon R9 270X

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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