ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250
Comparison of Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GTS 250 architecture, market type and release date.
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.
Core clock speed
Manufacturing process technology
Power consumption (TDP)
Maximum GPU temperature
Texture fill rate
2x 13.2 GTexel / s billion / sec
47.2 billion / sec
2x 528.0 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).
PCIe 2.0 x16
PCIe 2.0 x16
9" (228.6 mm) (22.9 cm)
4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
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.
Maximum RAM amount
2x 512 MB
Memory bus width
2x 256 Bit
Memory clock speed
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.
2x DVI, 1x S-Video
Two Dual Link DVI
Multi monitor support
Maximum VGA resolution
Audio input for HDMI
S / PDIF
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.
APIs supported by Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce GTS 250, sometimes including their particular versions.
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
ATI HD 3870 X2 873
GTS 250 875 +0.2%
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)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
3D Vision Surround
So, HD 3870 X2 or GTS 250?
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