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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs GeForce GTX 295

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 999 MHz on this particular card. It features 216 SPUs as well as 72 Texture Address Units and 28 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 295, which comes with clock speeds of 576 MHz on the GPU, and 999 MHz on the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 240 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 28 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
GeForce GTX 295 289 Watts
Difference: 87 Watts (43%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 295 should be 100% faster than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 295 223776 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 111888 (100%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 295 should be much (approximately 122%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216. (explain)

GeForce GTX 295 92160 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 50688 (122%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 295 is much (about 100%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 295 32256 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 16128 (100%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 GeForce GTX 295
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 16, 2008 January 8, 2009
Code Name G200 G200b
Memory 896 MB 896 MB (x2)
Core Speed 576 MHz 576 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 1998 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 289 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 223776 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 92160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 32256 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 240 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 72 80 (x2)
Render Output Units 28 28 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 448-bit 448-bit (x2)
Fab Process 65 nm 55 nm
Transistors 1400 million 1400 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 3.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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GeForce GTX 295

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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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