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Radeon R7 M260 vs Radeon R7 M360

Intro

The Radeon R7 M260 uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 715 MHz. The DDR3 RAM runs at a speed of 1000 MHz on this specific model. It features 384 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 M360, which comes with a clock speed of 1125 MHz and a DDR3 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 64-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 M360 should be much (approximately 57%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon R7 M260. (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 27000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 M260 17160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9840 (57%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R7 M360 is much (approximately 57%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon R7 M260, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 9000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 M260 5720 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3280 (57%)

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 Radeon R7 M260 Radeon R7 M360
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year June 2014 2015
Code Name Opal/Topaz Oland
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 715 MHz 1125 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) (Unknown) watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 17160 Mtexels/sec 27000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5720 Mpixels/sec 9000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 384
Texture Mapping Units 24 24
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type DDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x8 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once 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 AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. 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 of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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