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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs GeForce GTX 470

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 has a clock frequency of 576 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 999 MHz. It also makes use of a 448-bit bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is comprised of 216 SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 470, which comes with clock speeds of 607 MHz on the GPU, and 837 MHz on the 1280 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 448 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 40 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
GeForce GTX 470 215 Watts
Difference: 13 Watts (6%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 470 should be a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 22032 (20%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 will be a lot (about 22%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7480 (22%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 470 is a lot (approximately 51%) better at AA than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216, and will be able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 8152 (51%)

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 470
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 16, 2008 March 2010
Code Name G200 GF100
Memory 896 MB 1280 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 607 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 3348 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 215 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 133920 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 33992 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 24280 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 448
Texture Mapping Units 72 56
Render Output Units 28 40
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 320-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1400 million 3000 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 max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR 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 figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics 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 most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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GeForce GTX 470

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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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