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GeForce GTS 250 512MB vs GeForce GTX 960

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB comes with core clock speeds of 738 MHz on the GPU, and 1100 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 960, which has core clock speeds of 1127 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 960 120 Watts
GeForce GTS 250 512MB 145 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (21%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 960 should perform much faster than the GeForce GTS 250 512MB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 112000 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 250 512MB 70400 MB/sec
Difference: 41600 (59%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 is much (about 53%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTS 250 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 72128 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTS 250 512MB 47232 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 24896 (53%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 should be much (about 205%) more effective at AA than the GeForce GTS 250 512MB, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 36064 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTS 250 512MB 11808 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 24256 (205%)

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 GTS 250 512MB GeForce GTX 960
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 3, 2009 January 2015
Code Name G92a/b GM206
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 1127 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 72128 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 36064 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 1024
Texture Mapping Units 64 64
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 million 2940 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock 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 processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on 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 memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTS 250 512MB

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GeForce GTX 960

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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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