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GeForce GTX 970M vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 970M uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 924 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 1280 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 260X, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1100 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1625 MHz on this specific model. It features 896 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 970M 7520 points
Radeon R7 260X 4381 points
Difference: 3139 (72%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 970M 75 Watts
Radeon R7 260X 115 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (53%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R7 260X should be a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 970M in general. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 104000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 970M 96000 MB/sec
Difference: 8000 (8%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970M is a small bit (more or less 20%) better at AF than the Radeon R7 260X. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970M 73920 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 260X 61600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12320 (20%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 970M is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970M 44352 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 260X 17600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 26752 (152%)

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 970M

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 970M Radeon R7 260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 7 2014 October 2013
Code Name GM204 Bonaire XTX
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 924 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 6500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 115 watts
Bandwidth 96000 MB/sec 104000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 73920 Mtexels/sec 61600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 44352 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 896
Texture Mapping Units 80 56
Render Output Units 48 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 2080 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling 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 that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 970M

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Radeon R7 260X

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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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