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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs GeForce GTX 460 (OEM)

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 features 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 TAUs and 28 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 460 (OEM), which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 850 MHz on this specific card. It features 336 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 should theoretically be a little bit superior to the GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 will be just a bit (about 14%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 460 (OEM). (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 36400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5072 (14%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 GeForce GTX 460 (OEM)
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 16, 2008 October 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 36400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 20800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 336
Texture Mapping Units 72 56
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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of 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 maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - 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 (OEM)

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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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