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Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTS 250 Zotac ECO 1GB Edition Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 4GB OC Edition

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 4GB OC Edition are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 Zotac ECO 1GB Edition.

The R9 270X has a 345 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTS 250. This results in the R9 270X providing 38.4 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R9 270X has a 345 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the GTS 250. This results in the R9 270X providing 21.8 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R9 270X was released over three years more recently than the GTS 250, and so the R9 270X is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTS 250 when running the latest games.

The R9 270X has 3072 MB more video memory than the GTS 250, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 270X also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 270X has 115.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTS 250, which means that the memory performance of the R9 270X is massively better than the GTS 250.

The GeForce GTS 250 Zotac ECO 1GB Edition has 128 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 4GB OC Edition has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the GTS 250 is 216 and the actual shader performance of the R9 270X is 1164. The R9 270X having 948 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 270X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTS 250.

The R9 270X transistor size technology is 27 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTS 250. This means that the R9 270X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTS 250.

The GeForce GTS 250 Zotac ECO 1GB Edition requires 125 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 4GB OC Edition requires 180 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTS 250 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 270X. The R9 270X requires 55 Watts more than the GTS 250 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 270X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTS 250.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed675 MHzvs1020 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1070 MHz
ArchitectureTesla G92-428-B1GCN 1.1 Curacao XT
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Great
Release Date01 Sep 2009vs08 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
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9.5
1920x1080
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2560x1440
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5.5
3840x2160
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1400 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth64GB/secvs179.2GB/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%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units128vs1280
Actual Shader Performance10%vs56%
Technology55nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units64vs80
Texture Rate43.2 GTexel/svs81.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate10.8 GPixel/svs32.6 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power125 Wattsvs180 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 29 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX10.0vs12.0
Shader Model4.0vs5.0
Open GL3.3vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93GHzvsIntel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM6 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTS 250 Zotac ECO 1GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's fast-middle-class GeForce GTS 250, created by Zotac.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central unit is actually underclocked reducing the power consumption and thus reducing the heat produced.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System was replaced by Zotac's Single Fan Cooler, meaning the card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Because of being underclocked, GeForce GTS 250 Zotac ECO 1GB Edition is actually slower than the reference GeForce GTS 250.
Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 4GB OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 270X.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "Vapor-X", which reduces the card's temperature under load, significantly and comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that was increased from 1000MHz to 1020MHz, while the Boost clock is now of 1070MHz.
Furthermore, the card has twice as much memory when compared to the reference card. However, this card will not benefit from extra memory and thus such feature ends up being useless.
Expect little or no performance boost over the standard edition and exactly the same performance as "Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 2GB OC Edition"
Recommended CPUAMD Athlon II X2 B24
AMD Athlon II X2 250
AMD Athlon II X2 245e
AMD Opteron 8224 SE
AMD Opteron 8346 HE
Intel Xeon E5-2620 v2
Intel Core i7-2600S 4-Core 2.8GHz
Intel Core i3-7320 2-Core 4.1GHz
Intel Core i5-2550K 3.4GHz
Intel Core i5-4460S 2.9GHz
Possible GPU UpgradesRadeon R7 260X v3 MSI OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 460 EVGA Superclocked 1GB Edition
GeForce GTX 460 PNY 1GB OC Edition
Radeon R7 260X v3 PowerColor OC v4 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 260X v3 PowerColor OC v3 2GB Edition
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