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GeForce GTX 260 vs GeForce GTX 460 (OEM)

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 has a GPU core speed of 576 MHz, and the 896 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also features 192 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 460 (OEM), which comes with a core clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 850 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 336 SPUs, 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 260 182 Watts
Difference: 32 Watts (21%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 260 should be just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 should be a small bit (more or less 1%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 460 (OEM). (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 36864 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 36400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 464 (1%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 20800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 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

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 460 (OEM)

Amazon.com

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 GeForce GTX 460 (OEM)
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 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) 182 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 108800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36864 Mtexels/sec 36400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 20800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 336
Texture Mapping Units 64 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number 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 filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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