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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs GeForce GTX 460 2GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a speed of 999 MHz on this particular model. It features 216 SPUs as well as 72 Texture Address Units and 28 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 460 2GB, which features core clock speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 336 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 460 2GB 160 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 42 Watts (26%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 460 2GB should in theory be a bit better than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 2GB 115200 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 3312 (3%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 should be a little bit (approximately 10%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 460 2GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 2GB 37800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3672 (10%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 2GB is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 2GB 21600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5472 (34%)

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 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 16, 2008 July 2010
Code Name G200 GF104
Memory 896 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 675 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 160 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 115200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 37800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 21600 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 maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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GeForce GTX 460 2GB

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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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