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GeForce GTX 260 vs Radeon HD 4890 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 comes with a GPU core speed of 576 MHz, and the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also features 192 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 28 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4890 1GB, which features clock speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 975 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 260 182 Watts
Radeon HD 4890 1GB 190 Watts
Difference: 8 Watts (4%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 4890 1GB is 12% quicker than the GeForce GTX 260 in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 4890 1GB 124800 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 12912 (12%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4890 1GB is a small bit (about 9%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 260. (explain)

Radeon HD 4890 1GB 40000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 36864 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3136 (9%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 260 is a better choice, though only just barely. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 16128 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4890 1GB 16000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 128 (1%)

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

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 4890 1GB

Amazon.com

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 HD 4890 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 16, 2008 Apr 2, 2009
Code Name G200 RV790 XT
Memory 896 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 3900 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 182 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 124800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36864 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 64 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 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 maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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