NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 vs 840A

NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250
NVIDIA GeForce 840A

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTS 250 and GeForce 840A architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.92
 
n/d
Architecture
Tesla
 
Maxwell
Code name
G92B
 
GM108
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
4 March 2009
 
17 March 2014
Launch price (MSRP)
$199
 
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Price now
$115
 
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Technical specs

GeForce GTS 250 and GeForce 840A's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTS 250 and GeForce 840A's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
128
 
384
CUDA cores
128
 
n/d
Core clock speed
1836 MHz
 
1029 MHz
Boost Clock
n/d
 
1124 MHz
Transistor count
754 million
 
n/d
Manufacturing process technology
55 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
150 Watt
 
33 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
105 °C
 
n/d
Texture fill rate
47.2 billion / sec
 
17.98 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
387.1 gflops
 
863.2 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTS 250 and GeForce 840A compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x8
Length
9" (228.6 mm) (22.9 cm)
 
n/d
Height
4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)
 
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Supplementary power connectors
6-pin
 
n/d
SLI options
2-way3-way
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTS 250 and GeForce 840A: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR3
 
DDR3
Maximum RAM amount
1 GB
 
2 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
64 Bit
Memory clock speed
1100 MHz
 
2002 MHz
Memory bandwidth
70.4 GB / s
 
16.02 GB / s

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTS 250 and GeForce 840A.
Display Connectors
2x DVI
 
No outputs
Display Connectors
Two Dual Link DVI
 
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Multi monitor support
+
 
n/d
HDMI
+
 
-
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
n/d
Audio input for HDMI
S / PDIF
 
n/d

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTS 250 and GeForce 840A. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
n/d

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTS 250 and GeForce 840A, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
11.1 (10_0)
 
12.0 (11_0)
OpenGL
3.0
 
4.6

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTS 250 and GeForce 840A. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTS 250 0.68
GeForce 840A 0.69 +1.5%

Passmark

GTS 250 875
GeForce 840A 878 +0.3%

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4404 −3.1%
 
4541 +3.1%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4404 −3.1%
 
4541 +3.1%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTS 250 and GeForce 840A are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250

Wider memory bus (256 vs 64 bit)
Higher memory bandwidth (70.4 vs 16.02 GB/s)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
3D Vision
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
HDMI
3D Vision Surround

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce 840A

1.5% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (17 March 2014 vs 4 March 2009)
More pipelines (384 vs 128)
Finer manufacturing process technology (28 vs 55 nm)
Less power hungry (33 vs 150 watts)

So, GTS 250 or 840A?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 and NVIDIA GeForce 840A. The differences in performance seem too small.
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