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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm vs GeForce GTX 460 SE

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm comes with clock speeds of 576 MHz on the GPU, and 999 MHz on the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 216 SPUs along with 72 Texture Address Units and 28 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 460 SE, which comes with clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 850 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 288 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 460 SE 150 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 171 Watts
Difference: 21 Watts (14%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm is 3% quicker than the GeForce GTX 460 SE overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 111888 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 460 SE 108800 MB/sec
Difference: 3088 (3%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm will be quite a bit (more or less 33%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 460 SE. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 41472 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 SE 31200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10272 (33%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 SE is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 SE 20800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm GeForce GTX 460 SE
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year December 22, 2008 November 2010
Code Name G200b GF104
Memory 896 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 3400 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 171 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 55 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 data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better 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 can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

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

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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm

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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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