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GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs Radeon R7 M260X

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB comes with a core clock speed of 738 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 1100 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It features 128 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R7 M260X, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 825 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1000 MHz on this specific card. It features 384 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTS 250 1GB is 10% faster than the Radeon R7 M260X overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 70400 MB/sec
Radeon R7 M260X 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB is a lot (about 139%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon R7 M260X. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 47232 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 M260X 19800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 27432 (139%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB will be much (more or less 79%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon R7 M260X, and capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTS 250 1GB Radeon R7 M260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 3, 2009 June 2014
Code Name G92a/b Opal
Memory 1024 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 maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTS 250 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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