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GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs Radeon R9 M265X

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB comes with a clock speed of 738 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 1100 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is made up of 128 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 M265X, which features GPU clock speed of 575 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R9 M265X will be 2% faster than the GeForce GTS 250 1GB overall, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon R9 M265X 72000 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 70400 MB/sec
Difference: 1600 (2%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB will be a lot (about 105%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon R9 M265X. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 47232 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M265X 23000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 24232 (105%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB will be quite a bit (more or less 28%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 M265X, and also able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 11808 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M265X 9200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2608 (28%)

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 GTS 250 1GB Radeon R9 M265X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 3, 2009 May 1 2014
Code Name G92a/b Venus Pro
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 575 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 23000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 9200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 640
Texture Mapping Units 64 40
Render Output Units 16 16
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 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTS 250 1GB

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Radeon R9 M265X

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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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