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GeForce GTX 260 vs GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 features clock speeds of 576 MHz on the GPU, and 999 MHz on the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 192 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 28 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, which features a core clock speed of 822 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1002 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 384 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 170 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 182 Watts
Difference: 12 Watts (7%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti should theoretically be a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 260 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 128256 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 16368 (15%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti will be a lot (about 43%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 260. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 52608 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 36864 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15744 (43%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti should be quite a bit (approximately 63%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 260, and should be able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 26304 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10176 (63%)

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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GeForce GTX 260

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Amazon.com

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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 260 GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 16, 2008 January 2011
Code Name G200 GF114
Memory 896 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 822 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 4008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 182 watts 170 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 128256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36864 Mtexels/sec 52608 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 26304 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 384
Texture Mapping Units 64 64
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 maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, 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 are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units 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 rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

Display Prices

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GeForce GTX 260

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Amazon.com

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.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce GTX 260 vs GeForce GTX 560 Ti”
Good GTX260 upgrade? - ABXZone Computer Forums says:

[...] Good GTX260 upgrade? Hm I guess the 560 is better than the 550 compared to the 260 GeForce GTX 260 vs GeForce GTX 560 Ti – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare __________________ To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. [...]

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