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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 comes with a GPU core clock speed of 576 MHz, and the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also features 216 SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 560, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1175 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 7000 MHz on this model. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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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

The Radeon RX 560 should in theory perform a little bit faster 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 will be a lot (more or less 81%) faster with regards to anisotropic 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 running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 560 is the winner, but not by far. (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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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 largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 are processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to 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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