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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 9800 GT 1GB SLI Radeon R7 260
Red Dead Redemption 2 328% 224%
Doom Eternal 268% 179%
Cyberpunk 2077 488% 345%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 328% 224%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 164% 100%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 488% 345%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 488% 345%
Grand Theft Auto VI 554% 395%
Need For Speed Heat 328% 224%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 84% 88%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 260 are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT 1GB SLI.

The Radeon R7 260 has a 400 MHz higher core clock speed than the 9800 GT, but the 9800 GT has 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R7 260. As a result, the 9800 GT exhibits a 19.2 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Radeon R7 260. 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 260 has a 400 MHz higher core clock speed than the 9800 GT, but the 9800 GT has 16 more Render Output Units than the Radeon R7 260. As a result, the 9800 GT exhibits a 3.2 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Radeon R7 260. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon R7 260 was released over three years more recently than the 9800 GT, and so the Radeon R7 260 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the 9800 GT when running the latest games.

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB SLI and the Radeon R7 260 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The 9800 GT has 19.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R7 260, which means that the memory performance of the 9800 GT is slightly better than the Radeon R7 260.

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB SLI has 224 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R7 260 has 768. However, the actual shader performance of the 9800 GT is 336 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 260 is 653. The Radeon R7 260 having 317 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the 9800 GT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon R7 260 transistor size technology is 37 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 9800 GT. This means that the Radeon R7 260 is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 9800 GT.

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB SLI requires 200 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 260 requires 95 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the 9800 GT and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Radeon R7 260. The 9800 GT requires 105 Watts more than the Radeon R7 260 to run. The difference is significant enough that the 9800 GT may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon R7 260.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed600 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G92-270-A2 (x2)GCN 1.1 Bonaire PRO
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Great
Release Date21 Jul 2008vs17 Dec 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth115.2GB/secvs96GB/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 Units224vs768
Actual Shader Performance16%vs31%
Texture Mapping Units112vs48
Texture Rate67.2 GTexel/svs48 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs16
Pixel Rate19.2 GPixel/svs16 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power200 Wattsvs95 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs450 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHzvsIntel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB SLI is a solution of two GeForce 9800 GT 1GB put together using NVIDIA's SLI Technology.

It consists of 2 GPUs Codenamed G92-270-A2 which, together, offer 224 Shader Processing Units, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The central unit runs at 600MHz.

Each GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of GDDR3, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 900MHz.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 190W and 220W.

System Suggestions
GGeForce 9800 GT 1GB SLI is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1600x900.
Radeon R7 260 is a fast-middle-class graphics card based on the Second Revision of the GCN architecture. It packs a Core codenamed Bonaire PRO.
The Bonaire PRO is a cut-down version of the Bonaire XT Core used on Radeon HD 7790. It comes with 14 Compute Units and thus offers 768 Shader Processing Units, 48 TMUs and 16 ROPs. This, on a 128-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. Compared to the Bonaire XT Core, it has support for DirectX 11.2 and has support for AMD's TrueAudio Technology.
Benchmarks indicate its performance is around 10% slower than Radeon HD 7790 and a little over that when taking Radeon R7 260X as a reference.
The card proves to be very inefficient seeing as it has a higher rated TDP board than Radeon HD 7790 and its release price of $109 makes Radeon HD 7850 a better option.
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