Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs GeForce GTX 460
IntroThe GeForce GTS 250 1GB features a clock speed of 738 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 1100 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It features 128 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.
Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 460, which features core clock speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 768 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 336 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 24 ROPs.
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Mass Effect 2
Supreme Commander 2
GeForce GTX 460 wins
(Based entirely on the benchmarks listed above)
When combining all game benchmark scores on this page together, the GeForce GTX 460 wins overall, by 111 FPS. Please note that we do not have the results of every benchmark ever done for these cards, so the results may differ wildly in different games.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The GeForce GTX 460 should theoretically perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTS 250 1GB in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTS 250 1GB will be a lot (about 25%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 460. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 460 will be quite a bit (about 37%) more effective at AA than the GeForce GTS 250 1GB, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)
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 ComparisonPlease note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords, and might not be the exact same card listed on this page. We have no control over the accuracy of their search results.
Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units 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 maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.