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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R7 260X

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon R7 260X

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Much higher effective memory clock speed 6,500 MHz vs 532 MHz Around 12.2x higher effective memory clock speed
Significantly higher clock speed 1,100 MHz vs 600 MHz Around 85% higher clock speed
Significantly higher memory bandwidth 104 GB/s vs 17.02 GB/s More than 6x higher memory bandwidth
Better floating-point performance 1,971.2 GFLOPS vs 192 GFLOPS More than 10.2x better floating-point performance
Much higher memory clock speed 1,625 MHz vs 266 MHz More than 6x higher memory clock speed
More memory 2,048 MB vs 1,024 MB 2x more memory
Higher texture rate 61.6 GTexel/s vs 19.2 GTexel/s Around 3.2x higher texture rate
More shading units 896 vs 64 832 more shading units
Higher pixel rate 17.6 GPixel/s vs 9.6 GPixel/s Around 85% higher pixel rate
More texture mapping units 56 vs 32 24 more texture mapping units
Front view of GeForce GT 9600 Mac

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GT 9600 Mac

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Wider memory bus 256 bit vs 128 bit 2x wider memory bus
Slightly lower TDP 95W vs 115W More than 15% lower TDP

Features Key features of the Radeon R7 260X  vs GeForce GT 9600 Mac 

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

Radeon R7 260X
104 GB/s
GeForce GT 9600 Mac
17.02 GB/s

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

Radeon R7 260X
17.6 GPixel/s
GeForce GT 9600 Mac
9.6 GPixel/s

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

Radeon R7 260X
61.6 GTexel/s
GeForce GT 9600 Mac
19.2 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

Radeon R7 260X
1,971.2 GFLOPS
GeForce GT 9600 Mac
192 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

Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

Radeon R7 260X  vs
GeForce GT 9600 Mac 
GPU brand AMD Nvidia
GPU name Bonaire G94
Market Desktop Desktop
Clock speed 1,100 MHz 600 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card None None

raw performance

Shading units 896 64
Texture mapping units 56 32
Render output processors 16 16
Pixel rate 17.6 GPixel/s 9.6 GPixel/s
Texture rate 61.6 GTexel/s 19.2 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 1,971.2 GFLOPS 192 GFLOPS

memory

Radeon R7 260X  vs
GeForce GT 9600 Mac 
Memory clock speed 1,625 MHz 266 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 6,500 MHz 532 MHz
Memory bus 128 bit 256 bit
Memory 2,048 MB 1,024 MB
Memory type GDDR5 DDR2
Memory bandwidth 104 GB/s 17.02 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 115W 95W

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