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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs Radeon HD 4870 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 features 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 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4870 1GB, which comes with GPU core speed of 750 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4870 1GB 150 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 52 Watts (35%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 4870 1GB should in theory be a little bit superior to the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 1GB 115200 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 3312 (3%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 should be quite a bit (more or less 38%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 11472 (38%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 should be a lot (more or less 34%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB, and also capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 12000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4128 (34%)

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.

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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 HD 4870 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 16, 2008 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name G200 RV770 XT
Memory 896 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 115200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 30000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 12000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 72 40
Render Output Units 28 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 55 nm
Transistors 1400 million 956 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the 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 applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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Radeon HD 4870 1GB

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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