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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTS 260M

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTS 260M

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Higher effective memory clock speed 3,600 MHz vs 1,600 MHz 2.2x higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory bandwidth 57.6 GB/s vs 25.6 GB/s 2.2x higher memory bandwidth
More texture mapping units 32 vs 16 Twice as many texture mapping units
Higher memory clock speed 900 MHz vs 800 MHz Around 15% higher memory clock speed
Front view of GeForce 9600M GT

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Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT

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Slightly lower TDP 23W vs 38W Around 40% lower TDP

Features Key features of the GeForce GTS 260M  vs 9600M GT 

memory bandwidth Rate at which data can be read from or stored in onboard memory

GeForce GTS 260M
57.6 GB/s
GeForce 9600M GT
25.6 GB/s

pixel rate Number of pixels a graphics card can render to the screen every second

GeForce GTS 260M
4.4 GPixel/s
GeForce 9600M GT
4 GPixel/s

texture rate Speed at which a graphics card can perform texture mapping

GeForce GTS 260M
17.6 GTexel/s
GeForce 9600M GT
8 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

GeForce GTS 260M
264 GFLOPS
GeForce 9600M GT
80 GFLOPS

shading units Subcomponents of the gpu, these run in parallel to enable fast pixel shading

texture mapping units Built into each gpu, these resize and rotate bitmaps for texturing scenes

Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

GeForce GTS 260M  vs
9600M GT 
GPU brand Nvidia Nvidia
GPU name GT215 G96
Market Laptop Laptop
Clock speed 550 MHz 500 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card None None

raw performance

Shading units 96 32
Texture mapping units 32 16
Render output processors 8 8
Pixel rate 4.4 GPixel/s 4 GPixel/s
Texture rate 17.6 GTexel/s 8 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 264 GFLOPS 80 GFLOPS

memory

GeForce GTS 260M  vs
9600M GT 
Memory clock speed 900 MHz 800 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 3,600 MHz 1,600 MHz
Memory bus 128 bit 128 bit
Memory 1,024 MB 512 MB
Memory type GDDR5 GDDR3
Memory bandwidth 57.6 GB/s 25.6 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 38W 23W

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