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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs GeForce GTX 870M

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 comes with a clock frequency of 576 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 999 MHz. It also features a 448-bit bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is made up of 216 SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 870M, which features core speeds of 941 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1344 SPUs as well as 112 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 870M 110 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 92 Watts (84%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216, in theory, should be a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 870M overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 870M 96000 MB/sec
Difference: 15888 (17%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 870M will be quite a bit (more or less 154%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216. (explain)

GeForce GTX 870M 105392 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 63920 (154%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 870M is superior to the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 870M 22584 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6456 (40%)

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 870M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 16, 2008 March 12 2014
Code Name G200 GK104
Memory 896 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 941 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 96000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 105392 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 22584 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 1344
Texture Mapping Units 72 112
Render Output Units 28 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 192-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 maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied 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 the texel rate, the better the video 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 amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called 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, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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