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Radeon R5 M230 vs Radeon R5 M255

Intro

The Radeon R5 M230 uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 780 MHz. The DDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this model. It features 320 SPUs along with 20 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R5 M255, which features a core clock frequency of 940 MHz and a DDR3 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 64-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 320 SPUs, 20 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same bandwidth, so theoretically they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R5 M255 will be a lot (approximately 21%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R5 M230. (explain)

Radeon R5 M255 18800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R5 M230 15600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3200 (21%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R5 M255 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon R5 M255 7520 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R5 M230 3120 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4400 (141%)

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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Radeon R5 M230

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Radeon R5 M255

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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 Radeon R5 M230 Radeon R5 M255
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year 2014 June 2014
Code Name Jet Pro Jet Pro
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 780 MHz 940 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) (Unknown) watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 15600 Mtexels/sec 18800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 3120 Mpixels/sec 7520 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 320 320
Texture Mapping Units 20 20
Render Output Units 4 8
Bus Type DDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x8 PCIe 3.0 x8
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core 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 applied per second.

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

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Radeon R5 M230

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Radeon R5 M255

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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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