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GeForce GTX 260 vs GeForce GTX 880M

Intro

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

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 880M, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 954 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1000 MHz on this model. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 880M 130 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 182 Watts
Difference: 52 Watts (40%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 880M should be a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 260 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 880M 128000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 16112 (14%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 880M should be quite a bit (about 231%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 260. (explain)

GeForce GTX 880M 122112 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 36864 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 85248 (231%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 880M is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 880M 30528 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 14400 (89%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 260 GeForce GTX 880M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 16, 2008 March 12 2014
Code Name G200 GK104
Memory 896 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 954 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 182 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36864 Mtexels/sec 122112 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 30528 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 1536
Texture Mapping Units 64 128
Render Output Units 28 32
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 maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core 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 fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260

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