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GeForce GTX 870M vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 870M features a GPU core speed of 941 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 1344 SPUs, 112 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 260X, which comes with clock speeds of 1100 MHz on the GPU, and 1625 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 896 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 870M 4770 points
Radeon R7 260X 4381 points
Difference: 389 (9%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 870M 110 Watts
Radeon R7 260X 115 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (5%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon R7 260X should be just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 870M overall. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 104000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 870M 96000 MB/sec
Difference: 8000 (8%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 870M will be quite a bit (approximately 71%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon R7 260X. (explain)

GeForce GTX 870M 105392 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 260X 61600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 43792 (71%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 870M will be much (approximately 28%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon R7 260X, and able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 870M 22584 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 260X 17600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4984 (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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GeForce GTX 870M

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Radeon R7 260X

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 870M Radeon R7 260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 12 2014 October 2013
Code Name GK104 Bonaire XTX
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 941 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 6500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts 115 watts
Bandwidth 96000 MB/sec 104000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 105392 Mtexels/sec 61600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 22584 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1344 896
Texture Mapping Units 112 56
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 2080 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 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 Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 870M

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Radeon R7 260X

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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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