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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs GeForce GTX 950

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 999 MHz on this particular card. It features 216 SPUs as well as 72 TAUs and 28 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 950, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1024 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1652 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 768 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 950 90 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 112 Watts (124%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 should perform a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 950 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 950 105728 MB/sec
Difference: 6160 (6%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 950 will be a little bit (approximately 19%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950 49152 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7680 (19%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 950 is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950 32768 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 16640 (103%)

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 950
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 16, 2008 August 2015
Code Name G200 GM206
Memory 896 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 1024 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 6608 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 90 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 105728 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 49152 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 32768 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 768
Texture Mapping Units 72 48
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 maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once 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 AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

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

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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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GeForce GTX 950

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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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