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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 260 v3 Radeon R7 250X
Red Dead Redemption 2 304% 312%
Halo: Reach 28% 31%
Cyberpunk 2077 455% 465%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 304% 312%
Doom Eternal 247% 254%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 455% 465%
Grand Theft Auto VI 517% 529%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 149% 154%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 455% 465%
Need For Speed Heat 304% 312%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 v3 are marginally better than the AMD Radeon R7 250X.

The Radeon R7 250X has a 374 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 260, but the GTX 260 has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R7 250X. As a result, the GTX 260 exhibits a 3.5 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 374 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 260, but the GTX 260 has 12 more Render Output Units than the Radeon R7 250X. As a result, the GTX 260 exhibits a 0.9 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 three years more recently than the GTX 260, and so the Radeon R7 250X is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 260 when running the latest games.

The Radeon R7 250X has 1152 MB more video memory than the GTX 260, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon R7 250X also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 260 has 39.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R7 250X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 260 is noticeably better than the Radeon R7 250X.

The GeForce GTX 260 v3 has 216 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R7 250X has 640. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 260 is 286 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 250X is 517. The Radeon R7 250X having 231 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 260 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon R7 250X transistor size technology is 27 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 260. This means that the Radeon R7 250X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 260. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Radeon R7 250X should consume less power than the GTX 260.

The GeForce GTX 260 v3 requires 171 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 250X requires 80 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 260 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Radeon R7 250X. The GTX 260 requires 91 Watts more than the Radeon R7 250X to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 260 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 Speed576 MHzvs950 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G200-103-B2GCN 1.0 Cape Verde XT
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date27 Nov 2008vs10 Feb 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory896 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed999 MHzvs1125 MHz
Memory Bus448 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth111.9GB/secvs72GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units216vs640
Actual Shader Performance14%vs25%
Texture Mapping Units72vs40
Texture Rate41.5 GTexel/svs38 GTexel/s
Render Output Units28vs16
Pixel Rate16.1 GPixel/svs15.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power171 Wattsvs80 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 37 Ampsvs450 Watts & 20 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs5.0
Open GL3.3vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHzvsIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM6 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 260 v3 is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Tesla Architecture.

Tesla was NVIDIA's First Unified Shader Architecture.

It equips a GPU Codenamed G200-103-B2 which has 9 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 216 Shader Processing Units, 72 TMUs and 28 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 576MHz.

The GPU accesses a 896MB frame buffer of GDDR3, through a 448-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 999MHz.

DirectX 10.0 Support (10.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology, Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration, PhysX, CUDA, HybridPower and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 171W, it requires at least a 500W PSU and it requires at least two 6-pin available connectors.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance somewhat above a Radeon HD 4870, meaning it is much faster than GeForce GT 250.
Radeon 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.
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