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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs Radeon RX 550

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 has a clock frequency of 576 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 999 MHz. It also makes use of a 448-bit bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is comprised of 216 SPUs, 72 TAUs, and 28 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 550, which has a core clock speed of 1100 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 14 nm design. It is made up of 512 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 550 50 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 152 Watts (304%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon RX 550 should perform a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 550 114688 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 2800 (3%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 is a small bit (more or less 18%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon RX 550. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 550 35200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6272 (18%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 550 will be a little bit (approximately 9%) better at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon RX 550 17600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1472 (9%)

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 260 Core 216

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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 260 Core 216 Radeon RX 550
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 16, 2008 April 2017
Code Name G200 Polaris 12
Memory 896 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 35200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 512
Texture Mapping Units 72 32
Render Output Units 28 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 14 nm
Transistors 1400 million 2200 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one 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 higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially 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 GTX 260 Core 216

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Radeon RX 550

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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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