ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250

General info

Comparison of Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GTS 250 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
n/d
 
0.35
Architecture
TeraScale
 
Tesla
Code name
R680
 
G92B
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
26 January 2008
 
4 March 2009
Launch price (MSRP)
$449
 
$199
Price now
n/d
 
$115

Technical specs

Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GTS 250's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GTS 250's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2x 320
 
128
CUDA cores
n/d
 
128
Core clock speed
825 MHz
 
1836 MHz
Transistor count
666 million
 
754 million
Manufacturing process technology
55 nm
 
55 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
165 Watt
 
150 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
n/d
 
105 °C
Texture fill rate
2x 13.2 GTexel / s billion / sec
 
47.2 billion / sec
Floating-point performance
2x 528.0 gflops
 
387.1 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GTS 250 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 2.0 x16
Length
267 mm
 
9" (228.6 mm) (22.9 cm)
Height
n/d
 
4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
 
6-pin
SLI options
-
 
2-way3-way

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GTS 250: 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
 
GDDR3
Maximum RAM amount
2x 512 MB
 
1 GB
Memory bus width
2x 256 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
1802 MHz
 
1100 MHz
Memory bandwidth
2x 57.7 GB / s
 
70.4 GB / s

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GTS 250.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x S-Video
 
2x DVI
Display Connectors
n/d
 
Two Dual Link DVI
Multi monitor support
n/d
 
+
HDMI
-
 
+
Maximum VGA resolution
n/d
 
2048x1536
Audio input for HDMI
n/d
 
S / PDIF

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GTS 250. 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 Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GTS 250, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
10.1 (10_1)
 
11.1 (10_0)
OpenGL
3.3
 
3.0

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GTS 250. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

ATI HD 3870 X2 0.33
GTS 250 0.33

Passmark

ATI HD 3870 X2 873
GTS 250 875 +0.2%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GTS 250 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2

More pipelines (320 vs 128)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250

Much newer (4 March 2009 vs 26 January 2008)
Cheaper ($199 vs $449)
Higher memory bandwidth (70.4 vs 57.7 GB/s)
Less power hungry (150 vs 165 watts)
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

So, HD 3870 X2 or GTS 250?

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