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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm vs GeForce GTX 960

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm features a GPU core speed of 576 MHz, and the 896 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also is comprised of 216 Stream Processors, 72 Texture Address Units, and 28 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 960, which has a GPU core clock speed of 1127 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 1024 Stream Processors, 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 216SP 55 nm 171 Watts
Difference: 51 Watts (43%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 960 should theoretically be a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 112000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 112 (0%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 will be quite a bit (more or less 74%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 72128 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 41472 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 30656 (74%)

Pixel Rate

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

GeForce GTX 960 36064 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 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 216SP 55 nm GeForce GTX 960
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year December 22, 2008 January 2015
Code Name G200b GM206
Memory 896 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 1127 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 171 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 55 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 max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are 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 higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm

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