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GeForce GTX 260 vs GeForce GTX 980M

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 comes with clock speeds of 576 MHz on the GPU, and 999 MHz on the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 192 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 28 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 980M, which features a core clock frequency of 1038 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1536 SPUs, 96 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 980M 100 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 182 Watts
Difference: 82 Watts (82%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 980M should theoretically be a little bit superior to the GeForce GTX 260 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 128000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 16112 (14%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M should be much (approximately 170%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 260. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 99648 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 36864 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 62784 (170%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980M is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 66432 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 50304 (312%)

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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GeForce GTX 260

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GeForce GTX 980M

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 260 GeForce GTX 980M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 16, 2008 October 7 2014
Code Name G200 GM204
Memory 896 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 1038 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 182 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36864 Mtexels/sec 99648 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 66432 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 1536
Texture Mapping Units 64 96
Render Output Units 28 64
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1400 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must 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 high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better 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 most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260

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GeForce GTX 980M

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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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