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GeForce GT 310 vs Radeon R7 M260

Intro

The GeForce GT 310 features a GPU core clock speed of 589 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 memory runs at 1000 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is made up of 16 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon R7 M260, which comes with clock speeds of 715 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM. It features 384 SPUs along with 24 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same bandwidth, so in theory they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 M260 is quite a bit (about 264%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 310. (explain)

Radeon R7 M260 17160 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 310 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12448 (264%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R7 M260 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon R7 M260 5720 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 310 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3364 (143%)

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 GT 310 Radeon R7 M260
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2009 June 2014
Code Name GT218 Opal/Topaz
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 589 MHz 715 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 31 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 4712 Mtexels/sec 17160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2356 Mpixels/sec 5720 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 384
Texture Mapping Units 8 24
Render Output Units 4 8
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 260 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x8
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If 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 high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. 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 ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 310

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Radeon R7 M260

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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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