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GeForce 940M vs Radeon R7 M260

Intro

The GeForce 940M makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1072 MHz. The DDR3 memory runs at a speed of 1000 MHz on this specific model. It features 384 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R7 M260, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 715 MHz. The DDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 384 SPUs along with 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

GeForce 940M 1740 points
Radeon R7 M260 1120 points
Difference: 620 (55%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 940M will be quite a bit (more or less 50%) better at AF than the Radeon R7 M260. (explain)

GeForce 940M 25728 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 M260 17160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8568 (50%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 940M is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 940M 8576 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 M260 5720 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2856 (50%)

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 940M

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 940M Radeon R7 M260
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 12 2015 June 2014
Code Name GM108 Opal/Topaz
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1072 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 25728 Mtexels/sec 17160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 8576 Mpixels/sec 5720 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 384
Texture Mapping Units 24 24
Render Output Units 8 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 x16 PCIe 3.0 x8
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 (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better 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 are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 940M

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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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