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GeForce GTX 260 vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 features core clock speeds of 576 MHz on the GPU, and 999 MHz on the 896 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 192 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 28 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 650, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1058 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this model. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 650 64 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 182 Watts
Difference: 118 Watts (184%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 260 should be 40% quicker than the GeForce GTX 650 overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 111888 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
Difference: 31888 (40%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 should be a bit (about 9%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 36864 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3008 (9%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 650 is a better choice, but not by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 800 (5%)

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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GeForce GTX 260

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 650

Amazon.com

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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 260 GeForce GTX 650
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 16, 2008 September 2012
Code Name G200 GK107
Memory 896 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 1058 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 182 watts 64 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 80000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36864 Mtexels/sec 33856 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 16928 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 384
Texture Mapping Units 64 32
Render Output Units 28 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1400 million 1300 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

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

Comments

4 Responses to “GeForce GTX 260 vs GeForce GTX 650”
randy says:

The GTX 260 is essentially the same as GTX 650, the advantage the GTX 650 has is Directx 11

SeriousJ says:

Looking at the gtx 650's power consumption, this has to be a very effective card for casual gaming deliviering 260's performance. (+directx 11.1)

PAul says:

lol 650 for lyfe!

Dark_Razar says:

Pros e cons of the two cards:

GTX 260:
- It is faster in general.
- A lot more Cheaper than the GTX 650 (You can save more than 60$).

GTX 650
- DirectX 11.
- Less Power Consuption.

It's not a real comparison, just because the GTX 260 is pretty old... But it's still a good graphic card.

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