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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 features core clock speeds of 576 MHz on the GPU, and 999 MHz on the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 216 SPUs along with 72 Texture Address Units and 28 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 560, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1175 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 7000 MHz on this specific model. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 560 80 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 122 Watts (153%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon RX 560 should in theory be a small bit better than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 114688 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 2800 (3%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 is much (about 81%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 75200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 33728 (81%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 560 is a better choice, though only just barely. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 18800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2672 (17%)

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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Radeon RX 560

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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 560
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 16, 2008 May 2017
Code Name G200 Baffin
Memory 896 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 1175 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 28000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 75200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 18800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 1024
Texture Mapping Units 72 64
Render Output Units 28 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 14 nm
Transistors 1400 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. 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 ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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Radeon RX 560

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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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