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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs GeForce GTX 460 2GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 999 MHz on this particular model. It features 216 SPUs as well as 72 TAUs and 28 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 460 2GB, which comes with a clock speed of 675 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 336 SPUs, 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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 460 2GB should perform a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 overall. (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 bit (approximately 10%) faster with regards to anisotropic 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 using a high resolution 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 max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video 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 amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on 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 bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum 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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