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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm vs GeForce GTX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm comes with core clock speeds of 576 MHz on the GPU, and 999 MHz on the 896 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 216 SPUs as well as 72 TAUs and 28 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 560, which comes with core clock speeds of 810 MHz on the GPU, and 1001 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 336 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 560 150 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 171 Watts
Difference: 21 Watts (14%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 560 should theoretically perform just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 128128 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 16240 (15%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 is a small bit (about 9%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 45360 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 41472 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3888 (9%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 should be much (about 61%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm, and also capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 25920 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 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 216SP 55 nm GeForce GTX 560
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year December 22, 2008 May 2011
Code Name G200b GF114
Memory 896 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 810 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 4004 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 171 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 55 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm

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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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