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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB vs Radeon R7 M260X

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB has a clock frequency of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It features 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 M260X, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 825 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 384 SPUs along with 24 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R7 M260X will be 11% faster than the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB in general, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB will be a lot (approximately 70%) more effective 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

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB will be much (more or less 45%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon R7 M260X, and able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (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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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 max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, 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 amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max 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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