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GeForce GTX 260 vs Radeon HD 4870 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 is made up of 192 Stream Processors, 64 Texture Address Units, and 28 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4870 1GB, which makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 750 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this card. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4870 1GB 150 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 182 Watts
Difference: 32 Watts (21%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 4870 1GB should theoretically perform a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 260 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 is much (about 23%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 36864 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6864 (23%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 will be much (more or less 34%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 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.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 260

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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 HD 4870 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 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) 182 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 115200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36864 Mtexels/sec 30000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 12000 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 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 data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260

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Radeon HD 4870 1GB

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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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