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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs GeForce GTX 870M

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 999 MHz on this particular model. It features 216 SPUs as well as 72 Texture Address Units and 28 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 870M, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 941 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this model. It features 1344 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 870M 110 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 92 Watts (84%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 should in theory be a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 870M overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 870M 96000 MB/sec
Difference: 15888 (17%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 870M is a lot (more or less 154%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216. (explain)

GeForce GTX 870M 105392 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 63920 (154%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 870M is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 870M 22584 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6456 (40%)

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 870M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 16, 2008 March 12 2014
Code Name G200 GK104
Memory 896 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 941 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 96000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 105392 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 22584 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 1344
Texture Mapping Units 72 112
Render Output Units 28 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 192-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 information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock 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 processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. 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 rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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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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