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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs Radeon R7 360

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 features core speeds of 576 MHz on the GPU, and 999 MHz on the 896 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 216 SPUs along with 72 TAUs and 28 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R7 360, which has a core clock speed of 1050 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1625 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 768 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 360 100 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 102 Watts (102%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 should theoretically be just a bit superior to the Radeon R7 360 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
Radeon R7 360 104000 MB/sec
Difference: 7888 (8%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 360 is much (about 22%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216. (explain)

Radeon R7 360 50400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8928 (22%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R7 360 is the winner, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

Radeon R7 360 16800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 672 (4%)

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 R7 360
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 16, 2008 June 2015
Code Name G200 Tobago
Memory 896 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 1050 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 6500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 104000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 16800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 768
Texture Mapping Units 72 48
Render Output Units 28 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1400 million 2080 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If 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 higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of 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 applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core 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 rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - 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 R7 360

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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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