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GeForce GT 310 vs Radeon R7 M260

Intro

The GeForce GT 310 features a core clock frequency of 589 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also features a 64-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 16 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 M260, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 715 MHz. The DDR3 memory works at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular card. It features 384 SPUs along with 24 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same memory bandwidth, so in theory they should have the same performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 M260 should be much (approximately 264%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 310. (explain)

Radeon R7 M260 17160 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 310 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12448 (264%)

Pixel Rate

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

Radeon R7 M260 5720 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 310 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3364 (143%)

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 GT 310

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 310 Radeon R7 M260
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2009 June 2014
Code Name GT218 Opal/Topaz
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 589 MHz 715 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 31 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 4712 Mtexels/sec 17160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2356 Mpixels/sec 5720 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 384
Texture Mapping Units 8 24
Render Output Units 4 8
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 260 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x8
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill 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 max fill rate.

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GeForce GT 310

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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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