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GeForce GTX 260 vs GeForce GTX 980M

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 comes with a clock speed of 576 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 999 MHz. It also uses a 448-bit bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is comprised of 192 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 980M, which has core clock speeds of 1038 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 96 Texture Address Units and 64 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 980M 100 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 182 Watts
Difference: 82 Watts (82%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 980M, in theory, should be a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 260 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 128000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 16112 (14%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M is a lot (approximately 170%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 260. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 99648 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 36864 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 62784 (170%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M is quite a bit (approximately 312%) better at AA than the GeForce GTX 260, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 66432 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 50304 (312%)

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 980M

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 260 GeForce GTX 980M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 16, 2008 October 7 2014
Code Name G200 GM204
Memory 896 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 1038 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 182 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36864 Mtexels/sec 99648 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 66432 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 1536
Texture Mapping Units 64 96
Render Output Units 28 64
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1400 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. 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 also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260

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GeForce GTX 980M

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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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