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Radeon R5 M230 vs Radeon R7 M260

Intro

The Radeon R5 M230 features a core clock speed of 780 MHz and a DDR3 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 64-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 320 SPUs, 20 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R7 M260, which comes with clock speeds of 715 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 384 SPUs as well as 24 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

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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

Radeon R5 M230 1281 points
Radeon R7 M260 1120 points
Difference: 161 (14%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 M260 will be a small bit (about 10%) better at AF than the Radeon R5 M230. (explain)

Radeon R7 M260 17160 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R5 M230 15600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 1560 (10%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R7 M260 is superior to the Radeon R5 M230, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon R7 M260 5720 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R5 M230 3120 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2600 (83%)

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 Radeon R5 M230 Radeon R7 M260
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year 2014 June 2014
Code Name Jet Pro Opal/Topaz
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 780 MHz 715 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 17160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 3120 Mpixels/sec 5720 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 320 384
Texture Mapping Units 20 24
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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs 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 also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon R5 M230

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Radeon R7 M260

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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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