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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs GeForce GTX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 has a GPU core speed of 576 MHz, and the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also is made up of 216 SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, and 28 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 560, which has core speeds of 810 MHz on the GPU, and 1001 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 336 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 560 150 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 52 Watts (35%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 560 is 15% faster than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 128128 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 16240 (15%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 will be a bit (more or less 9%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 45360 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3888 (9%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 560 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 25920 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9792 (61%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 GeForce GTX 560
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 16, 2008 May 2011
Code Name G200 GF114
Memory 896 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 810 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 4004 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 128128 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 45360 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 25920 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 336
Texture Mapping Units 72 56
Render Output Units 28 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1400 million 1950 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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GeForce GTX 560

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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