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GeForce GTS 250 512MB vs GeForce GTX 960

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB features a GPU core clock speed of 738 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 1100 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 128 Stream Processors, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 960, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1127 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1750 MHz on this specific model. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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 be much faster than the GeForce GTS 250 512MB overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 will be quite a bit (more or less 53%) more effective at 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

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960 is superior to the GeForce GTS 250 512MB, and very much so. (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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better 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 applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video 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 graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTS 250 512MB

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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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