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GeForce GTS 250 512MB vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 738 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 1100 MHz on this specific model. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 960M, which features clock speeds of 1096 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 640 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)

GeForce GTX 960M 65 Watts
GeForce GTS 250 512MB 145 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (123%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTS 250 512MB is 10% faster than the GeForce GTX 960M overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 512MB 70400 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 960M 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB should be a bit (about 8%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 960M. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 512MB 47232 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 960M 43840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3392 (8%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M is a lot (more or less 49%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTS 250 512MB, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 17536 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTS 250 512MB 11808 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5728 (49%)

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 960M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 3, 2009 March 12 2015
Code Name G92a/b GM107
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 1096 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 43840 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 17536 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 640
Texture Mapping Units 64 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the 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 960M

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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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