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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 1060

Reasons to consider the
MSI GeForce GTX 1060

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Much higher clock speed 1,544 MHz vs 550 MHz More than 2.8x higher clock speed
Much higher effective memory clock speed 8,008 MHz vs 3,600 MHz Around 2.2x higher effective memory clock speed
Significantly more memory 6,144 MB vs 1,024 MB 6x more memory
Much higher pixel rate 74.1 GPixel/s vs 4.4 GPixel/s More than 16.8x higher pixel rate
Significantly higher memory bandwidth 192.2 GB/s vs 57.6 GB/s More than 3.2x higher memory bandwidth
Significantly better floating-point performance 3,953 GFLOPS vs 264 GFLOPS Around 15x better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 123.5 GTexel/s vs 17.6 GTexel/s More than 7x higher texture rate
Significantly more render output processors 48 vs 8 40 more render output processors
Much higher memory clock speed 2,002 MHz vs 900 MHz Around 2.2x higher memory clock speed
More shading units 1,280 vs 96 1184 more shading units
More texture mapping units 80 vs 32 48 more texture mapping units
Front view of GeForce GTS 260M

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTS 260M

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Lower TDP 38W vs 120W 3.2x lower TDP

Features Key features of the GeForce GTX 1060  vs GTS 260M 

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

GeForce GTX 1060
192.2 GB/s
GeForce GTS 260M
57.6 GB/s

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

GeForce GTX 1060
74.1 GPixel/s
GeForce GTS 260M
4.4 GPixel/s

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

GeForce GTX 1060
123.5 GTexel/s
GeForce GTS 260M
17.6 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

GeForce GTX 1060
3,953 GFLOPS
GeForce GTS 260M
264 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 GTX 1060  vs
GTS 260M 
GPU brand Nvidia Nvidia
GPU name GP106 GT215
Market Desktop Laptop
Clock speed 1,544 MHz 550 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB 1.5 GHz 6 GB None

raw performance

Shading units 1,280 96
Texture mapping units 80 32
Render output processors 48 8
Pixel rate 74.1 GPixel/s 4.4 GPixel/s
Texture rate 123.5 GTexel/s 17.6 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 3,953 GFLOPS 264 GFLOPS

memory

GeForce GTX 1060  vs
GTS 260M 
Memory clock speed 2,002 MHz 900 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 8,008 MHz 3,600 MHz
Memory bus 192 bit 128 bit
Memory 6,144 MB 1,024 MB
Memory type GDDR5 GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 192.2 GB/s 57.6 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 120W 38W

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