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GeForce GTX 950 vs Radeon R7 M260

Intro

The GeForce GTX 950 features a GPU clock speed of 1024 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1652 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 768 Stream Processors, 48 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 M260, which has a clock speed of 715 MHz and a DDR3 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also features a 64-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 950 6536 points
Radeon R7 M260 1120 points
Difference: 5416 (484%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 950 will be 561% quicker than the Radeon R7 M260 overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950 105728 MB/sec
Radeon R7 M260 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 89728 (561%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 950 should be much (about 186%) more effective at AF than the Radeon R7 M260. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950 49152 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 M260 17160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 31992 (186%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 950 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950 32768 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 M260 5720 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 27048 (473%)

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 950 Radeon R7 M260
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2015 June 2014
Code Name GM206 Opal/Topaz
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1024 MHz 715 MHz
Memory Speed 6608 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 105728 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49152 Mtexels/sec 17160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 32768 Mpixels/sec 5720 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 384
Texture Mapping Units 48 24
Render Output Units 32 8
Bus Type GDDR5 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2940 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x8
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at 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 that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 950

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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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