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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs GeForce GTX 470

Intro

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

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 470, which has GPU clock speed of 607 MHz, and 1280 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 837 MHz through a 320-bit bus. It also features 448 Stream Processors, 56 TAUs, and 40 ROPs.

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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

The GeForce GTX 470 should in theory perform a 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 (more or less 22%) better 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

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 470 is the winner, by a large margin. (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 largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are 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 higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - 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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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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