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GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs Radeon R9 M275X

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB comes with a GPU core clock speed of 738 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 1100 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 128 Stream Processors, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 M275X, which features clock speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1125 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M275X 50 Watts
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 145 Watts
Difference: 95 Watts (190%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R9 M275X should perform a small bit faster than the GeForce GTS 250 1GB overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 M275X 72000 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 70400 MB/sec
Difference: 1600 (2%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB will be much (approximately 31%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 M275X. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 47232 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M275X 36000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 11232 (31%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M275X is the winner, by far. (explain)

Radeon R9 M275X 14400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 11808 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2592 (22%)

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 GTS 250 1GB

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Radeon R9 M275X

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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 GTS 250 1GB Radeon R9 M275X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 3, 2009 May 1 2014
Code Name G92a/b Venus XTX
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 36000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 14400 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 can be processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, 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 video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core 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 also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTS 250 1GB

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Radeon R9 M275X

Amazon.com

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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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