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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 250X GeForce GTX 460 v2
Red Dead Redemption 2 312% 300%
Cyberpunk 2077 465% 449%
Doom Eternal 254% 244%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 312% 300%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 154% 146%
Halo: Reach 31% 27%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 465% 449%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 465% 449%
Grand Theft Auto VI 529% 511%
Need For Speed Heat 312% 300%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 v2 are marginally better than the AMD Radeon R7 250X.

The Radeon R7 250X has a 172 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 460, but the GTX 460 has 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R7 250X. As a result, the GTX 460 exhibits a 5.6 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Radeon R7 250X. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Radeon R7 250X has a 172 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 460, but the GTX 460 has 16 more Render Output Units than the Radeon R7 250X. As a result, the GTX 460 exhibits a 9.7 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Radeon R7 250X. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon R7 250X was released over a year more recently than the GTX 460, and so the Radeon R7 250X is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 460.

The Radeon R7 250X has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 460, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The GTX 460 has 56.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R7 250X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 460 is much better than the Radeon R7 250X.

The Radeon R7 250X has 640 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 460 v2 has 336. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 250X is 517 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 460 is 523. The GTX 460 having 6 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 460 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon R7 250X.

The Radeon R7 250X transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 460. This means that the Radeon R7 250X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 460. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Radeon R7 250X should consume less power than the GTX 460.

The Radeon R7 250X requires 80 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 460 v2 requires 160 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Radeon R7 250X and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 460. The GTX 460 requires 80 Watts more than the Radeon R7 250X to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 460 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon R7 250X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed950 MHzvs778 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Cape Verde XTFermi GF104-300-KB-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date10 Feb 2014vs24 Sep 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
6.6
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1920x1080
5.1
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2560x1440
3.4
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3840x2160
2.2
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1125 MHzvs1002 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth72GB/secvs128.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs336
Actual Shader Performance25%vs25%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs56
Texture Rate38 GTexel/svs43.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate15.2 GPixel/svs24.9 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power80 Wattsvs160 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 20 Ampsvs450 Watts & 26 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R7 250X is a fast-middle-class Graphics Card based on the Graphics Core Next architecture. It offers the Cape Verde XT GPU.
The Cape Verde XT Core is a GCN 1.1 GPU and was first seen on Radeon HD 7770 and then re-used in the OEM only Radeon HD 8760.
It offers 640 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs, on a 128-bits memory interface of fast GDDR5.
Radeon R7 250X comes clocked at 950MHz (though there might be some 1GHz versions) and has its operating memory clock set at 1125MHz. The rated TDP board is of 80W and the release price around $99.
This card should come in 1GB and 2GB versions, though both will offer the same performance.
Its performance has proven to be exactly like Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition (if clocked at 1GHz) and thus this card is not suited for 1080p gaming but it can handle 720p with ease. The 950MHz versions will be around 3% slower.
GeForce GTX 460 v2 is a high-end GPU based on the 40nm Fermi architecture.
It's based on the Fermi GF114 Core (optimized GF104 Core) and offers 336 Shader Processing Units, 56 TMUs and 32 ROPs, on 192-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 778MHz and the memory clock operates at 1002MHz.
Compared to the reference GeForce GTX 460, it offers less memory bandwidth but comes higher clocked and it's still expected to perform sightly better. Benchmarks indicate that its performance is around 3% better than the standard version.
Most modern demanding games will run at the highest settings using a 1080p resolution. However, some will require reduced settings to be played optimally.
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