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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm vs Radeon R5 M230

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm makes use of a 55 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a speed of 999 MHz on this particular card. It features 216 SPUs along with 72 TAUs and 28 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R5 M230, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 780 MHz. The DDR3 RAM works at a speed of 1000 MHz on this card. It features 320 SPUs along with 20 Texture Address Units and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm should theoretically be quite a bit better than the Radeon R5 M230 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 111888 MB/sec
Radeon R5 M230 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 95888 (599%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm will be much (more or less 166%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon R5 M230. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 41472 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R5 M230 15600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 25872 (166%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 16128 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R5 M230 3120 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13008 (417%)

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 GTX 260 216SP 55 nm Radeon R5 M230
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year December 22, 2008 2014
Code Name G200b Jet Pro
Memory 896 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 780 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 171 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 3120 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 320
Texture Mapping Units 72 20
Render Output Units 28 4
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 448-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1400 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x8
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, 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 that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm

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Radeon R5 M230

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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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