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GeForce GTX 260 vs GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 has a GPU clock speed of 576 MHz, and the 896 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also features 192 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, which features GPU clock speed of 822 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1002 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 384 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti should theoretically be a small bit superior to the GeForce GTX 260 overall. (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 (more or less 43%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 260. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 560 Ti is a better choice, and very much so. (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

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GeForce GTX 560 Ti

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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 max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video 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 amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's 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 also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260

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GeForce GTX 560 Ti

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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.

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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