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GeForce GTX 260 vs Radeon R7 360

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 features a GPU 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 comprised of 192 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R7 360, which comes with GPU clock speed of 1050 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1625 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 768 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 360 100 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 182 Watts
Difference: 82 Watts (82%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 260 should be a bit faster than the Radeon R7 360 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 111888 MB/sec
Radeon R7 360 104000 MB/sec
Difference: 7888 (8%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 360 should be quite a bit (approximately 37%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 260. (explain)

Radeon R7 360 50400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 36864 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13536 (37%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R7 360 is superior to the GeForce GTX 260, not by a very large margin though. (explain)

Radeon R7 360 16800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 672 (4%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 260 Radeon R7 360
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 16, 2008 June 2015
Code Name G200 Tobago
Memory 896 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 1050 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 6500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 182 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 104000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36864 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 16800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 768
Texture Mapping Units 64 48
Render Output Units 28 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1400 million 2080 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of 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 amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260

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