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Radeon R5 M230 vs Radeon R7 M260

Intro

The Radeon R5 M230 comes with a clock frequency of 780 MHz and a DDR3 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also features a 64-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 320 SPUs, 20 Texture Address Units, and 4 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 M260, which features a core clock speed of 715 MHz and a DDR3 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also features a 64-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation 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

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

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 M260 will be a small bit (more or less 10%) more effective 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 a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R7 M260 is the winner, by far. (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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. 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 quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max 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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