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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 1,800 MHz 2x higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory bandwidth 57.6 GB/s vs 14.4 GB/s 4x higher memory bandwidth
Front view of GeForce GT 720

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GT 720

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Significantly higher clock speed 967 MHz vs 550 MHz More than 75% higher clock speed
Slightly more memory 2,048 MB vs 1,024 MB 2x more memory
Slightly more shading units 384 vs 96 288 more shading units

Features Key features of the GeForce GTS 260M  vs GT 720 

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

GeForce GTS 260M
57.6 GB/s
GeForce GT 720
14.4 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 GT 720
7.74 GPixel/s

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

GeForce GTS 260M
17.6 GTexel/s
GeForce GT 720
15.47 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

GeForce GTS 260M
264 GFLOPS
GeForce GT 720
742.7 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
GT 720 
GPU brand Nvidia Nvidia
GPU name GT215 GK118
Market Laptop Desktop
Clock speed 550 MHz 967 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card None Nvidia GeForce GT 720 797 MHz 1 GB

raw performance

Shading units 96 384
Texture mapping units 32 16
Render output processors 8 8
Pixel rate 4.4 GPixel/s 7.74 GPixel/s
Texture rate 17.6 GTexel/s 15.47 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 264 GFLOPS 742.7 GFLOPS

memory

GeForce GTS 260M  vs
GT 720 
Memory clock speed 900 MHz 900 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 3,600 MHz 1,800 MHz
Memory bus 128 bit 64 bit
Memory 1,024 MB 2,048 MB
Memory type GDDR5 DDR3
Memory bandwidth 57.6 GB/s 14.4 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 38W 19W

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