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GeForce GTS 250 512MB vs Radeon R7 M260X

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB comes with a GPU core clock speed of 738 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 1100 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 128 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 M260X, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 825 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 384 SPUs as well as 24 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB should theoretically perform just a bit faster than the Radeon R7 M260X in general. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 512MB 70400 MB/sec
Radeon R7 M260X 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB will be quite a bit (approximately 139%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon R7 M260X. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 512MB 47232 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 M260X 19800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 27432 (139%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 250 512MB is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 512MB 11808 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 M260X 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5208 (79%)

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 GTS 250 512MB

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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 GTS 250 512MB Radeon R7 M260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 3, 2009 June 2014
Code Name G92a/b Opal
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 825 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 19800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 384
Texture Mapping Units 64 24
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x8
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high 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 by the core speed of the chip. The better 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTS 250 512MB

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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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