GTS 250 vs GTX 260 Core 216

Price now 121$
Games supported 56%
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250
  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 738MHz
  • Max video memory 1024 MB
  • Memory type GDDR3
  • Memory clock speed 1100MHz
  • Maximum resolution
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216
  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 576 MHz
  • Max video memory 896 MB
  • Memory type GDDR3
  • Memory clock speed 1998 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 291$
Games supported 39%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating846not rated
Value for money0.05no data
ArchitectureTesla (2006−2010)Tesla 2.0 (2007−2013)
GPU code nameG92BGT200
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date4 March 2009 (13 years ago)16 September 2008 (14 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$199 $299
Current price$121 (0.6x MSRP)$291 (1x MSRP)
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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores128216
CUDA cores128no data
Core clock speed738 MHz576 MHz
Number of transistors754 million1,400 million
Manufacturing process technology55 nm65 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)150 Watt182 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature105 °Cno data
Texture fill rate47.2 billion/sec41.47
Floating-point performance387.1 gflops536.5 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16PCIe 2.0 x16
Length9" (228.6 mm) (22.9 cm)267 mm
Height4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)no data
Supplementary power connectors6-pin2x 6-pin
SLI options+no data


Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR3GDDR3
Maximum RAM amount1 GB896 MB
Memory bus width256 Bit448 Bit
Memory clock speed1100 MHz1998 MHz
Memory bandwidth70.4 GB/s111.9 GB/s

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display ConnectorsTwo Dual Link DVI2x DVI, 1x S-Video
Multi monitor support+no data
HDMI+no data
Maximum VGA resolution2048x1536no data
Audio input for HDMIS/PDIFno data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX11.1 (10_0)11.1 (10_0)
Shader Model4.04.0

Advantages and disadvantages

Recency 4 March 2009 16 September 2008
Cost $199 $299
Memory bus width 256 448
Pipelines / CUDA cores 128 216
Memory bandwidth 70.4 111.9
Chip lithography 55 nm 65 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 150 Watt 182 Watt

Technical City couldn't decide between

NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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Competitors of GeForce GTS 250 by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTS 250 from AMD is Radeon HD 2900 PRO.

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Competitors of GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 from AMD is Radeon HD 6550A.

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