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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB vs Radeon R7 M260X

Intro

The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 850 MHz on this model. It features 96 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon R7 M260X should be a small bit faster than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 M260X will be a small bit (about 13%) more effective at texture 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 should be quite a bit (about 50%) better at FSAA than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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.

Price Comparison

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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 max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should 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 anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core 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 also depends on lots of 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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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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