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GeForce 9800 GTX vs Radeon R7 M260X

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GTX features clock speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 1100 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R7 M260X, which comes with core speeds of 825 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 384 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9800 GTX should be a bit faster than the Radeon R7 M260X in general. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX 70400 MB/sec
Radeon R7 M260X 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GTX will be a lot (about 118%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R7 M260X. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX 43200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 M260X 19800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 23400 (118%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GTX will be quite a bit (more or less 64%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon R7 M260X, and also able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX 10800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 M260X 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4200 (64%)

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 9800 GTX

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9800 GTX Radeon R7 M260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2008 June 2014
Code Name G92 Opal
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 825 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 140 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 43200 Mtexels/sec 19800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10800 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 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 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill 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 max fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GTX

Amazon.com

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Radeon R7 M260X

Amazon.com

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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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