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GeForce GTS 250 512MB vs Radeon R7 M260X

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB features core clock speeds of 738 MHz on the GPU, and 1100 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 M260X, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 825 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this specific card. It features 384 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTS 250 512MB should in theory be a small bit superior to 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 should be quite a bit (approximately 139%) faster with regards to anisotropic 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 using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 250 512MB is superior to the Radeon R7 M260X, by far. (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.

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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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach 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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