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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm vs Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm features clock speeds of 576 MHz on the GPU, and 999 MHz on the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 216 SPUs as well as 72 Texture Address Units and 28 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB, which comes with clock speeds of 625 MHz on the GPU, and 993 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 171 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB 250 Watts
Difference: 79 Watts (46%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB should perform just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB 127104 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 15216 (14%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB is a lot (more or less 21%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB 50000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 41472 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8528 (21%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB 20000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3872 (24%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year December 22, 2008 Nov 7, 2008
Code Name G200b R700
Memory 896 MB 512 MB (x2)
Core Speed 576 MHz 625 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 1986 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 171 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 127104 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 50000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 20000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 800(160x5) (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 72 40 (x2)
Render Output Units 28 16 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 448-bit 256-bit (x2)
Fab Process 55 nm 55 nm
Transistors 1400 million 956 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16 (PCIe bridge)
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output 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 reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm

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Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB

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