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GeForce GTX 650 vs Radeon R9 M385X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 has core speeds of 1058 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 M385X, which features GPU core speed of 1100 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 896 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 M385X should be 20% quicker than the GeForce GTX 650 overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon R9 M385X 96000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
Difference: 16000 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M385X will be a lot (more or less 82%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)

Radeon R9 M385X 61600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 27744 (82%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M385X is a better choice, though not by far. (explain)

Radeon R9 M385X 17600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 672 (4%)

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 650

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Radeon R9 M385X

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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 GTX 650 Radeon R9 M385X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2012 2015
Code Name GK107 Bonaire
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1058 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 64 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 80000 MB/sec 96000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33856 Mtexels/sec 61600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16928 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 896
Texture Mapping Units 32 56
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1300 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the 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 drawing the pixels (image) on 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 potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 650

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Radeon R9 M385X

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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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