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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs GeForce GTX 460 SE

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 features a GPU core speed of 576 MHz, and the 896 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also is made up of 216 SPUs, 72 TAUs, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 460 SE, which features core clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 850 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 288 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 460 SE 150 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 52 Watts (35%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 should theoretically be a small bit superior to the GeForce GTX 460 SE overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 460 SE 108800 MB/sec
Difference: 3088 (3%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 should be quite a bit (about 33%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 460 SE. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 SE 31200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10272 (33%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 SE is superior to the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 SE 20800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4672 (29%)

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 Core 216

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 GeForce GTX 460 SE
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 16, 2008 November 2010
Code Name G200 GF104
Memory 896 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 3400 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 108800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 31200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 20800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 288
Texture Mapping Units 72 48
Render Output Units 28 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1400 million 1950 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip 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 amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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GeForce GTX 460 SE

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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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