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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs Radeon HD 4890 2GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 features a GPU core clock speed of 576 MHz, and the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also is made up of 216 Stream Processors, 72 Texture Address Units, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4890 2GB, which has a core clock speed of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 975 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is comprised of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4890 2GB 190 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 12 Watts (6%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 4890 2GB should be a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 4890 2GB 124800 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 12912 (12%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 will be a small bit (about 4%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 4890 2GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 40000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 1472 (4%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 is just a bit (more or less 1%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 4890 2GB, and able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 16000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 128 (1%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Radeon HD 4890 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 16, 2008 Apr 2, 2009
Code Name G200 RV790 XT
Memory 896 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 3900 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 124800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 72 40
Render Output Units 28 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 55 nm
Transistors 1400 million 959 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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Comments

One Response to “GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs Radeon HD 4890 2GB”
[NBA] GTX260 vs HD4890 2GB says:

[...] PC My PC Specs CPU: Intel Q6600 Go Series @ 3.6ghz Cooler: Cooler Master N520 Motherboard: Asus BadA$$ Overclocker P5k-VM Memory: 4GB 1066 Dominator Rams GPU: Nvidia 260 ECS Black Edition SuperClocked HDD: 1x2 WD HD 250GB 16mb Cache Chassis: CM690 Modded with 5x120MM Fans PSU: SilverStone Zeus 650 Watts Soundcard: SB live 24bit Modded X-fi Xtreme Audio OS: Windows Vista Sp2 / Windows 7 Ulimate My Achievements Total Achievements: 2 I dont agree to u guys. coz i have had the 260GTX 216SP superclocked version for a very long time. and trust me its blazing fast and dont forget the heating issues of 4870 and 4890 and no phyx... soo check this benchmark aswell.....before u jump to any conclusions.. GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs Radeon HD 4890 2GB – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware ... [...]

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