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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs GeForce GTX 470

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 features a GPU core clock speed of 576 MHz, and the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also is made up of 216 SPUs, 72 TAUs, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 470, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 607 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 837 MHz on this particular card. It features 448 SPUs along with 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 perform just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 in general. (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 much (about 22%) faster with regards to texture filtering 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 a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 470 is superior to the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216, and very much so. (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.

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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 maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units 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 output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential 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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