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GeForce GTS 250 512MB vs Radeon R9 M370X

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB has core clock speeds of 738 MHz on the GPU, and 1100 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 M370X, which features GPU core speed of 800 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon R9 M370X should theoretically be just a bit better than the GeForce GTS 250 512MB overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 M370X 72000 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 250 512MB 70400 MB/sec
Difference: 1600 (2%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB will be a lot (approximately 48%) better at AF than the Radeon R9 M370X. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 512MB 47232 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M370X 32000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15232 (48%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 M370X is a little bit (more or less 8%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce GTS 250 512MB, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon R9 M370X 12800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTS 250 512MB 11808 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 992 (8%)

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 GTS 250 512MB Radeon R9 M370X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 3, 2009 2015
Code Name G92a/b Cape Verde
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 32000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 640
Texture Mapping Units 64 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTS 250 512MB

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Radeon R9 M370X

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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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