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GeForce GTS 250 512MB vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB has a clock speed of 738 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 1100 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 128 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 960M, which features a core clock speed of 1096 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation 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

In theory, the GeForce GTS 250 512MB is 10% faster than the GeForce GTX 960M overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB will be a little bit (more or less 8%) faster with regards to texture 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

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960M is superior to the GeForce GTS 250 512MB, and very much so. (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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential 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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