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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm vs GeForce GTX 460 (OEM)

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm makes use of a 55 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 999 MHz on this specific card. It features 216 SPUs as well as 72 TAUs and 28 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 460 (OEM), which has core clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 850 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 336 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 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% faster than the GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm is a small bit (approximately 14%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 460 (OEM). (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 41472 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 36400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5072 (14%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution 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 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 (OEM)
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year December 22, 2008 October 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 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 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm

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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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