ZOTAC GeForce GTX 260 

Released June, 2009
  • 650 MHz
  • 896 MB GDDR3
6.9 Out of 10

You may combine two or three cards for SLI to improve framerates or graphics quality.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2008)
The memory overclock is amazing too, over 20% out of GDDR3 already running at more than 1 GHz is very impressive.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2008)

Benchmarks Real world tests of the GeForce GTX 260

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Battlefield 4

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Metro: Last Light

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Reviews Word on the street for the GeForce GTX 260

NVIDIA's HDMI Audio design requires you to feed an audio signal to the card so it can be added to the HDMI Video stream from the card.

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If you look closely you can see that two memory cooling spots are not populated which accounts for the memory difference from 1024 MB to 896 MB (compared to the GTX280).
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2008)
Maybe Zotac limited their clock speeds in order to not hurt the GTX 280 sales too much.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2008)
Maybe the GPU or memory are running at a lower voltage which reduces the power consumption.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2008)


Given the higher shader count and the higher clocks I expected a higher power draw.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2008)
Overall the card draws less power than both the GTX 280 and GTX 260 which is a bit surprising.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2008)
NVIDIA has achieved great idle power consumption thanks to their 2D/3D clock switching.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2008)


The cooler has remained the same big heatsink that is used on the GTX 260 and GTX 280.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2008)
The card looks exactly the same as the GeForce GTX 260 and GTX 280, the only visible difference are the stickers on the card and on the cooler.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2008)
Cooler could be quieter.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2008)


Under idle the card is a bit noisier than the other cards in this performance range.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2008)
It seems the combination of increased shaders and increased clocks is a winning team because our benchmarks show the GTX 260 AMP² Edition only 1% behind the regular GeForce GTX 280 - which still costs over $130 more.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2008)

Shading units

Also it should be noted that this 216 shader GPU will not completely replace the GTX 260 with 192 shaders.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2008)
Zotac has labeled their card GTX 260 AMP² Edition, a non-AMP card will be available as well with lower clocks but still 216 shaders.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2008)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


GPU brand Nvidia
GPU name GT200
Market Desktop
Clock speed 650 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 576 MHz 896 MB

raw performance

Shading units 192
Texture mapping units 64
Render output processors 28
Pixel rate 18.2 GPixel/s
Texture rate 41.6 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 537.6 GFLOPS


Memory clock speed 1,050 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 2,100 MHz
Memory bus 448 bit
Memory 896 MB
Memory type GDDR3
Memory bandwidth 117.6 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 182W
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