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GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB comes with core speeds of 738 MHz on the GPU, and 1100 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 960M, which has GPU clock speed of 1096 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 640 Stream Processors, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 960M 65 Watts
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 145 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (123%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB, in theory, should perform a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 960M in general. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 70400 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 960M 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB should be just a bit (about 8%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 960M. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 47232 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 960M 43840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3392 (8%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960M is superior to the GeForce GTS 250 1GB, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 17536 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 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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GeForce GTS 250 1GB

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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 GTS 250 1GB GeForce GTX 960M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 3, 2009 March 12 2015
Code Name G92a/b GM107
Memory 1024 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 (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTS 250 1GB

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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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