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GeForce GTX 950M vs Radeon R7 M260X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 950M has a GPU core speed of 914 MHz, and the 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM is set to run at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 640 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R7 M260X, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 825 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this card. It features 384 SPUs as well as 24 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R7 M260X will be 100% faster than the GeForce GTX 950M in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon R7 M260X 64000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 950M 32000 MB/sec
Difference: 32000 (100%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 950M is much (approximately 85%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon R7 M260X. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950M 36560 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 M260X 19800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16760 (85%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 950M is much (about 122%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon R7 M260X, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950M 14624 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 M260X 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 8024 (122%)

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 950M Radeon R7 M260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 12 2015 June 2014
Code Name GM107 Opal
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 914 MHz 825 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 55 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 32000 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36560 Mtexels/sec 19800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14624 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640 384
Texture Mapping Units 40 24
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x8
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 950M

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Radeon R7 M260X

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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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