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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm vs GeForce GTX 470

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm comes with a clock speed of 576 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 999 MHz. It also uses a 448-bit bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It features 216 SPUs, 72 TAUs, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 470, which features a core clock frequency of 607 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 837 MHz. It also features a 320-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 448 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 40 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 171 Watts
GeForce GTX 470 215 Watts
Difference: 44 Watts (26%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 470 is 20% quicker than the GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 22032 (20%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm should be a lot (approximately 22%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 41472 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7480 (22%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 470 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 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 216SP 55 nm GeForce GTX 470
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year December 22, 2008 March 2010
Code Name G200b GF100
Memory 896 MB 1280 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 607 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 3348 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 171 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 55 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 information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount 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 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 potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm

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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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