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GeForce 9800 GTX vs Radeon R7 M260X

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GTX comes with a GPU core clock speed of 675 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 1100 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 128 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R7 M260X, which features a GPU core clock speed of 825 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 384 Stream Processors, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9800 GTX, in theory, should perform 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 quite a bit (approximately 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 a lot (approximately 64%) better at AA than the Radeon R7 M260X, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. 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 higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units 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, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GTX

Amazon.com

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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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