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GeForce GTX 260 vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a speed of 999 MHz on this model. It features 192 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 28 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 560, which features a GPU core clock speed of 1175 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 1024 Stream Processors, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 560 80 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 182 Watts
Difference: 102 Watts (128%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 560 should theoretically be a little bit better than the GeForce GTX 260 in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 114688 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 2800 (3%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 is much (about 104%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 260. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 75200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 36864 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 38336 (104%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 560 is a better choice, though only just barely. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 18800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2672 (17%)

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 260 Radeon RX 560
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 16, 2008 May 2017
Code Name G200 Baffin
Memory 896 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 1175 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 182 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36864 Mtexels/sec 75200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 18800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 1024
Texture Mapping Units 64 64
Render Output Units 28 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 14 nm
Transistors 1400 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260

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Radeon RX 560

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