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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB vs Radeon R7 M260X

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 M260X, which features a clock speed of 825 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon R7 M260X should be a small bit faster than the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB overall. (explain)

Radeon R7 M260X 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB is a lot (approximately 70%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon R7 M260X. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 M260X 19800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13800 (70%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 M260X 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3000 (45%)

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 GT 512MB

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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 GT 512MB Radeon R7 M260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2008 June 2014
Code Name G92a/b Opal
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 825 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 19800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 384
Texture Mapping Units 56 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 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core 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 - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GT 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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