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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs GeForce GTX 950

Intro

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

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 950, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1024 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1652 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 768 Stream Processors, 48 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 950 90 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 112 Watts (124%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 is 6% quicker than the GeForce GTX 950 overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 950 105728 MB/sec
Difference: 6160 (6%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 950 should be a little bit (approximately 19%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950 49152 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7680 (19%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 950 is a lot (more or less 103%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950 32768 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 16640 (103%)

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 950
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 16, 2008 August 2015
Code Name G200 GM206
Memory 896 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 1024 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 6608 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 90 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 105728 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 49152 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 32768 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 768
Texture Mapping Units 72 48
Render Output Units 28 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1400 million 2940 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.5

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

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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