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Radeon R7 250X vs Radeon R9 M270X

Intro

The Radeon R7 250X features clock speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 1125 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 M270X, which has a core clock speed of 725 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1125 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 640 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should perform exactly the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 250X will be a lot (about 38%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 M270X. (explain)

Radeon R7 250X 40000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M270X 29000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 11000 (38%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R7 250X is superior to the Radeon R9 M270X, by far. (explain)

Radeon R7 250X 16000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M270X 11600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4400 (38%)

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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Radeon R7 250X

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Radeon R9 M270X

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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 Radeon R7 250X Radeon R9 M270X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 2014 May 1 2014
Code Name Cape Verde XT Venus XT
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1000 MHz 725 MHz
Memory Speed 4500 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 72000 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 40000 Mtexels/sec 29000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16000 Mpixels/sec 11600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640 640
Texture Mapping Units 40 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1500 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must 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, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs 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 output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon R7 250X

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Radeon R9 M270X

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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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