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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs Radeon HD 4790

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 has a core clock frequency of 576 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 999 MHz. It also features a 448-bit memory bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It features 216 SPUs, 72 TAUs, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4790, which comes with core speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 640(128x5) SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 should be a small bit faster than the Radeon HD 4790 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4790 102400 MB/sec
Difference: 9488 (9%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 will be quite a bit (about 116%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4790. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4790 19200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22272 (116%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4790 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6528 (68%)

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 Core 216 Radeon HD 4790
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 16, 2008 2009
Code Name G200 RV790
Memory 896 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 600 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 3200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 102400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 9600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 640(128x5)
Texture Mapping Units 72 32
Render Output Units 28 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 55 nm
Transistors 1400 million 959 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 largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of 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 Core 216

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Radeon HD 4790

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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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