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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 460

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 460

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Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 3,600 MHz vs 2,100 MHz More than 70% higher effective memory clock speed
Front view of GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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Significantly wider memory bus 448 bit vs 256 bit 75% wider memory bus
Higher pixel rate 18.2 GPixel/s vs 9.45 GPixel/s Around 95% higher pixel rate
More texture mapping units 72 vs 56 16 more texture mapping units
Higher memory clock speed 1,050 MHz vs 900 MHz More than 15% higher memory clock speed

Features Key features of the GeForce GTX 460  vs 260 Core 216 

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

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

GeForce GTX 460
9.45 GPixel/s
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216
18.2 GPixel/s

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

GeForce GTX 460
37.8 GTexel/s
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216
46.8 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

GeForce GTX 460
907.2 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 460  vs
260 Core 216 
GPU brand Nvidia Nvidia
GPU name GF104 GT200 B3
Market Desktop Desktop
Clock speed 675 MHz 650 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card None Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Rev. 2 576 MHz 896 MB

raw performance

Shading units 336 216
Texture mapping units 56 72
Render output processors 32 28
Pixel rate 9.45 GPixel/s 18.2 GPixel/s
Texture rate 37.8 GTexel/s 46.8 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 907.2 GFLOPS 604.8 GFLOPS

memory

GeForce GTX 460  vs
260 Core 216 
Memory clock speed 900 MHz 1,050 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 3,600 MHz 2,100 MHz
Memory bus 256 bit 448 bit
Memory 1,024 MB 896 MB
Memory type GDDR5 GDDR3
Memory bandwidth 115.2 GB/s 117.6 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 160W 171W

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