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GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs GeForce GTX 460

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB comes with a GPU clock speed of 738 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 1100 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 128 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 460, which features clock speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 768 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 336 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Settings: Ultra High Quality
AA: 8x
AF: none
Resolution: 1920x1200
Test Machine: Tom's Hardware Test Machine (Source)
GeForce GTX 460 48 FPS
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 31 FPS
Difference: 17 FPS (55%)

Battlefield Bad Company 2

Settings: High Quality
AA: 4x
AF: 8x
Resolution: 1920x1200
Test Machine: Tom's Hardware Test Machine (Source)
GeForce GTX 460 35 FPS
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 25 FPS
Difference: 10 FPS (40%)

Left4Dead 2

Settings: Very High
AA: 8x
AF: 16x
Resolution: 1920x1200
Test Machine: Tom's Hardware Test Machine (Source)
GeForce GTX 460 77 FPS
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 58 FPS
Difference: 19 FPS (33%)

Mass Effect 2

Settings: Maximum Quality
AA: none
AF: 8x
Resolution: 1920x1200
Test Machine: Tom's Hardware Test Machine (Source)
GeForce GTX 460 91 FPS
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 70 FPS
Difference: 21 FPS (30%)

Supreme Commander 2

Settings: High
AA: 8x
AF: 16x
Resolution: 1920x1200
Test Machine: Tom's Hardware Test Machine (Source)
GeForce GTX 460 75 FPS
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 31 FPS
Difference: 44 FPS (142%)

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.

GeForce GTX 460 326 FPS
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 215 FPS
Difference: 111 FPS (52%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 145 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 150 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (3%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 460 should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTS 250 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 86400 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 70400 MB/sec
Difference: 16000 (23%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB should be a lot (approximately 25%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 460. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 47232 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 37800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9432 (25%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 16200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 11808 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4392 (37%)

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

GeForce GTS 250 1GB

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GeForce GTX 460

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTS 250 1GB GeForce GTX 460
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 3, 2009 July 2010
Code Name G92a/b GF104
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
Memory 1024 MB 768 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 675 MHz
Shader Speed 1836 MHz 1350 MHz
Memory Speed 1100 MHz (2200 MHz effective) 900 MHz (3600 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 128 336
Texture Mapping Units 64 56
Render Output Units 16 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 192-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 150 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 86400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 37800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 16200 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses 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 high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total 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 handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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[...] between the GTS 250 and the GTX 460. The GTX 460 obviously comes out on top but by how far? GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs GeForce GTX 460 – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare I would also look into the GTX 560 1GB 256bit model, it's about twice as fast as the GTX 460 and [...]

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