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GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs Radeon R7 M260X

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB has a GPU clock speed of 738 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 1100 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 128 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all 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 uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTS 250 1GB is 10% quicker than the Radeon R7 M260X overall, due to 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 should be a lot (about 139%) more effective at anisotropic 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 should be much (more or less 79%) better at FSAA than the Radeon R7 M260X, and also capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (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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GeForce GTS 250 1GB

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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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated 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 processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units 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 fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - 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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