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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs GeForce GTX 295

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 comes with a core clock frequency of 576 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 999 MHz. It also makes use of a 448-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is comprised of 216 SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, and 28 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 295, which has clock speeds of 576 MHz on the GPU, and 999 MHz on the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 240 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 28 ROPs.

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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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 295 is 100% quicker than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 in general, because of its higher 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 will be quite a bit (approximately 122%) better at AF 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

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 295 is a better choice, by far. (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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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 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core 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 also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - 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 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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