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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 260

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 260

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Higher memory bandwidth 112.9 GB/s vs 57.6 GB/s More than 95% higher memory bandwidth
More render output processors 28 vs 8 20 more render output processors
Higher pixel rate 14.5 GPixel/s vs 4.4 GPixel/s More than 3.2x higher pixel rate
More texture mapping units 64 vs 32 Twice as many texture mapping units
Wider memory bus 448 bit vs 128 bit 3.5x wider memory bus
Slightly higher memory clock speed 1,008 MHz vs 900 MHz More than 10% higher memory clock speed
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 2,016 MHz Around 80% higher effective memory clock speed
Significantly lower TDP 38W vs 182W 4.8x lower TDP

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

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

GeForce GTX 260
112.9 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 260
14.5 GPixel/s
GeForce GTS 260M
4.4 GPixel/s

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

GeForce GTX 260
33.15 GTexel/s
GeForce GTS 260M
17.6 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

GeForce GTX 260
414.7 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 260  vs
GTS 260M 
GPU brand Nvidia Nvidia
GPU name GT200B GT215
Market Desktop Laptop
Clock speed 518 MHz 550 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 576 MHz 896 MB None

raw performance

Shading units 192 96
Texture mapping units 64 32
Render output processors 28 8
Pixel rate 14.5 GPixel/s 4.4 GPixel/s
Texture rate 33.15 GTexel/s 17.6 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 414.7 GFLOPS 264 GFLOPS

memory

GeForce GTX 260  vs
GTS 260M 
Memory clock speed 1,008 MHz 900 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 2,016 MHz 3,600 MHz
Memory bus 448 bit 128 bit
Memory 1,792 MB 1,024 MB
Memory type GDDR3 GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 112.9 GB/s 57.6 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 182W 38W

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