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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs GeForce GTX 960

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 features a GPU core speed of 576 MHz, and the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also features 216 Stream Processors, 72 TAUs, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 960, which comes with GPU clock speed of 1127 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 1024 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 960 120 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 82 Watts (68%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 960 should in theory perform a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 112000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 112 (0%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 should be much (approximately 74%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 72128 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 30656 (74%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 36064 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 19936 (124%)

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 960
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 16, 2008 January 2015
Code Name G200 GM206
Memory 896 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 1127 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 72128 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 36064 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 1024
Texture Mapping Units 72 64
Render Output Units 28 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1400 million 2940 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, 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 higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's 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 also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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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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