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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs GeForce GTX 460 2GB

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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 memory bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is made up of 216 SPUs, 72 TAUs, and 28 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 460 2GB, which features a core clock frequency of 675 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 336 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 460 2GB 160 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 42 Watts (26%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 460 2GB should perform a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 2GB 115200 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 3312 (3%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 should be a bit (about 10%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 460 2GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 2GB 37800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3672 (10%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 2GB will be much (approximately 34%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 2GB 21600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5472 (34%)

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 Core 216 GeForce GTX 460 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 16, 2008 July 2010
Code Name G200 GF104
Memory 896 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 675 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 160 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 115200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 37800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 21600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 336
Texture Mapping Units 72 56
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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported 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 type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. 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 lots of other factors, most notably 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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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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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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