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GeForce 9400 GT 256MB vs Radeon R7 M360

Intro

The GeForce 9400 GT 256MB comes with a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 256 MB of GDDR2 RAM runs at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 16 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 M360, which has a GPU core clock speed of 1125 MHz, and 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM running at 1000 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is made up of 384 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R7 M360 should in theory perform much faster than the GeForce 9400 GT 256MB overall. (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 16000 MB/sec
GeForce 9400 GT 256MB 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 M360 should be much (more or less 514%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9400 GT 256MB. (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 27000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9400 GT 256MB 4400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22600 (514%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R7 M360 should be quite a bit (approximately 309%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce 9400 GT 256MB, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 9000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9400 GT 256MB 2200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6800 (309%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9400 GT 256MB Radeon R7 M360
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2008 2015
Code Name G96a Oland
Memory 256 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 1125 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 4400 Mtexels/sec 27000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2200 Mpixels/sec 9000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 384
Texture Mapping Units 8 24
Render Output Units 4 8
Bus Type GDDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 314 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9400 GT 256MB

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Radeon R7 M360

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