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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs Radeon R7 360

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 has a GPU clock 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 216 SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R7 360, which comes with clock speeds of 1050 MHz on the GPU, and 1625 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 768 SPUs as well as 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

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 should theoretically be a small bit faster than the Radeon R7 360 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 360 will be a lot (more or less 22%) faster with regards to 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 running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R7 360 is the winner, though only just barely. (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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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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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 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs 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 rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably 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 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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