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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs GeForce GTX 960

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 999 MHz on this particular model. It features 216 SPUs as well as 72 Texture Address Units and 28 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 960, which has core speeds of 1127 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 960 should in theory be a small bit better 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 is quite a bit (more or less 74%) better at anisotropic filtering 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 superior to the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216, by a large margin. (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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many 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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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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