View Single Post
Old 03-29-09, 02:25 AM   #15
CaptNKILL
CUBE
 
CaptNKILL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: PA, USA
Posts: 18,844
Default Re: GTS 250 vs GTX 260

Quote:
Originally Posted by BStoltman View Post
So what are the following components on a graphics card, since it seems they don't make that much of a difference based on what has been said about.

Core Clock

Stream Processors

Memory Clock


Thanks,
They're all important, but what matters most is the type of GPU. No GTX 260 is going to be significantly better than any other GTX 260. The ones that have higher core clocks are just overclocked, and you can do that on your own to a cheaper model for free. Same with the memory clock.

The stream processors are important, but whether you get a GTX260 with 192 or 216 SPs, its still going to be a really nice card. The SPs are basically like mini processors that calculate fancy graphics effects. They don't control everything (there are other factors that determine how quickly your game is rendered) so they aren't necessarily the most important spec to look at.

More is better, but with most high end cards like this they're all going to be very similar, so don't bother spending $50 more for a similar card with a few slightly higher specs.

It gets more complicated with low end cards though because two cards could have the same model (for example a 9500GT) while one might have half the SPs or half the memory clock speed of the other. Luckily, no one does this to high end cards so you're rarely going to see more than a couple percent difference in performance between cards.
__________________
---- Primary Rig ---- CoolerMaster 690 II Advance - Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 4.0Ghz + Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme
6GB DDR2 @ 942Mhz 5-5-5-20 1.9v (2x1Gb Wintec AMPX PC2-8500 & 2x2Gb G.Skill PC2-6400) - EVGA Geforce GTX 470 @ 750/1500/1850 (1.050v)
Sparkle Geforce GTS 250 1Gb Low-Profile (Physx) - Crucial RealSSD C300 64Gb SSD - Seagate 7200.12 500Gb SATA - Seagate 7200.10 320Gb SATA
ASUS VW266H 25.5" LCD - OCZ GameXStream 700W PSU - ASUS Xonar DX - Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Surround - Windows 7 Professional x64
---- HTPC ---- Asus M3A78-EM 780G - AMD Athlon X2 5050e 45W @ 2.6Ghz - 2x2GB Kingston PC2-6400 DDR2 - Sparkle 350W PSU
Seagate 7200.10 320Gb SATA - Seagate 7200.10 250Gb SATA - Athenatech A100BB.350 MicroATX Desktop - Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic
CaptNKILL is offline   Reply With Quote