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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTS 250

Reasons to consider the
ZOTAC GeForce GTS 250

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Higher clock speed 750 MHz vs 625 MHz 20% higher clock speed
Higher memory bandwidth 73.6 GB/s vs 25.6 GB/s More than 2.8x higher memory bandwidth
Higher effective memory clock speed 2,300 MHz vs 1,600 MHz Around 45% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher texture rate 48 GTexel/s vs 10 GTexel/s More than 4.8x higher texture rate
More texture mapping units 64 vs 16 48 more texture mapping units
Higher memory clock speed 1,150 MHz vs 800 MHz Around 45% higher memory clock speed
More render output processors 16 vs 8 Twice as many render output processors
Front view of GeForce 9700M GT

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Nvidia GeForce 9700M GT

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Significantly lower TDP 45W vs 150W 3.3x lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTS 250 vs 9700M GT

PassMark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performanceData courtesy Passmark

Features Key features of the GeForce GTS 250  vs 9700M GT 

memory bandwidth Rate at which data can be read from or stored in onboard memory

GeForce GTS 250
73.6 GB/s
GeForce 9700M GT
25.6 GB/s

pixel rate Number of pixels a graphics card can render to the screen every second

GeForce GTS 250
12 GPixel/s
GeForce 9700M GT
5 GPixel/s

texture rate Speed at which a graphics card can perform texture mapping

GeForce GTS 250
48 GTexel/s
GeForce 9700M GT
10 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

GeForce GTS 250
483.8 GFLOPS
GeForce 9700M GT
99.2 GFLOPS

shading units Subcomponents of the gpu, these run in parallel to enable fast pixel shading

texture mapping units Built into each gpu, these resize and rotate bitmaps for texturing scenes

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