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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm vs GeForce GTX 960

Intro

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

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 960, which comes with clock speeds of 1127 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 960 is 0% faster than the GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (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 is quite a bit (about 74%) faster with regards to AF 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

The GeForce GTX 960 will be quite a bit (about 124%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (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 maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm

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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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