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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 260 v2 Radeon HD 4850 Gigabyte 512MB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 455% 654%
Control 608% 862%
eFootball PES 2020 175% 274%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 455% 654%
Grand Theft Auto VI 517% 738%
Borderlands 3 326% 479%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 470% 674%
Red Dead Redemption 2 455% 654%
FIFA 20 115% 192%
F1 2019 360% 526%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 v2 are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 4850 Gigabyte 512MB Edition.

The HD 4850 has a 64 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 260, but the GTX 260 has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 4850. As a result, the GTX 260 exhibits a 15.9 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 4850. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 4850 has a 64 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 260, but the GTX 260 has 12 more Render Output Units than the HD 4850. As a result, the GTX 260 exhibits a 5.9 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 4850. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 4850 was released over three years more recently than the GTX 260, and so the HD 4850 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 260 when running the latest games.

The GTX 260 has 384 MB more video memory than the HD 4850, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 260 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 260 has 51.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 4850, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 260 is much better than the HD 4850.

The GeForce GTX 260 v2 has 216 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 4850 Gigabyte 512MB Edition has 800. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 260 is 286 and the actual shader performance of the HD 4850 is 358. The HD 4850 having 72 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 260 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The HD 4850 transistor size technology is 10 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 260. This means that the HD 4850 is expected to run very slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 260.

The GeForce GTX 260 v2 requires 182 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 4850 Gigabyte 512MB Edition requires 110 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 260 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the HD 4850. The GTX 260 requires 72 Watts more than the HD 4850 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 260 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 4850.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed576 MHzvs640 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G200-103-A2R700 RV770 PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date16 Sep 2008vs01 Oct 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory896 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed999 MHzvs940 MHz
Memory Bus448 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth111.9GB/secvs60.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs green tick 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units216vs800
Actual Shader Performance14%vs17%
Texture Mapping Units72vs40
Texture Rate41.5 GTexel/svs25.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units28vs16
Pixel Rate16.1 GPixel/svs10.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power182 Wattsvs110 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 37 Ampsvs450 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs4.1
Open GL3.3vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E8600 3.33GHz
Recommended RAM6 GBvs6 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1440x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 260 v2 is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Tesla Architecture.

Tesla was NVIDIA's First Unified Shader Architecture.

It equips a GPU Codenamed G200-103-A2 which has 9 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 216 Shader Processing Units, 72 TMUs and 28 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 576MHz.

The GPU accesses a 896MB frame buffer of GDDR3, through a 448-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 999MHz.

DirectX 10.0 Support (10.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology, Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration, PhysX, CUDA, HybridPower and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 182W, it requires at least a 500W PSU and it requires at least two 6-pin available connectors.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance somewhat above a Radeon HD 4870, meaning it is much faster than GeForce GTS 250.
Radeon HD 4850 Gigabyte 512MB Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon HD 4850.
The new features include an increase in the central unit that went from 625MHz to 640MHz, while the operating memory clock was reduced to 940MHz. A new cooling system is also available.
The performance ends up being exactly like the reference card.
Recommended CPUAMD Athlon X2 7750 Black Edition
AMD Athlon X2 7750
AMD APU A4-7300 Dual-Core
AMD APU A4-6320 Dual-Core
AMD Phenom 8250e Triple-Core
Intel Pentium G850 2.9GHz
Intel Pentium G645 2.9GHz
AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition
AMD Phenom 9600B Quad-Core
AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core
Possible GPU UpgradesGeForce GTX 660 DA OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Galaxy GC Edition
GeForce GTX 570 MSI OC Power Edition
GeForce GTX 570 Gigabyte Edition
Radeon HD 6970 Lightning Edition
Radeon HD 7850 Direct CU II
GeForce GTX 470 Gigabyte SOC 1.2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 560 Ti Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition
Radeon HD 6950 XFX 2GB Edition
Radeon HD 6950 PowerColor 1GB Edition
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