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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB vs Radeon R7 M260X

Intro

The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 550 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 850 MHz on this model. It features 96 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R7 M260X, which features a core clock speed of 825 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 384 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R7 M260X should be 18% quicker than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB in general, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon R7 M260X 64000 MB/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB 54400 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (18%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 M260X should be a bit (more or less 13%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB. (explain)

Radeon R7 M260X 19800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2200 (13%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R7 M260X is quite a bit (approximately 50%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon R7 M260X 6600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2200 (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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB Radeon R7 M260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2009 June 2014
Code Name GT215 Opal
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 825 MHz
Memory Speed 3400 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 70 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 54400 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 17600 Mtexels/sec 19800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 384
Texture Mapping Units 32 24
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 289 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x8
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has 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, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at 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 graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB

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Radeon R7 M260X

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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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