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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260: specs and benchmarks
- Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
- Core clock speed 576MHz
- Max video memory 896MB
- Memory type GDDR3
- Memory clock speed 999MHz
- Maximum resolution
NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 260 sales 16 June 2008 at a recommended price of $449. This is Tesla 2.0 architecture desktop card based on 65 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at office use. 896 MB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 1 GHz are supplied, and together with 448 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 111.9 GB/s.
Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 2.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 10.5" (267 mm) (26.7 cm). 2x 6-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 182 Watt.
It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at
of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.
Of GeForce GTX 260's architecture, market segment and release date.
|Place in performance rating||590|
|Value for money||0.50|
|GPU code name||GT200|
|Release date||16 June 2008 (13 years ago)|
|Launch price (MSRP)||$449|
|Price now||$62 (0.1x MSRP)||of 12999 (Quadro GV100)|
GeForce GTX 260's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 260's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
|Pipelines / CUDA cores||192||of 15360 (Radeon RX 7900 XT)|
|Core clock speed||576 MHz||of 2233 (Playstation 5 GPU)|
|Number of transistors||1,400 million||of 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)|
|Manufacturing process technology||65 nm||of 5 (Apple M1 GPU)|
|Thermal design power (TDP)||182 Watt||of 900 (Tesla S2050)|
|Maximum GPU temperature||105 °C|
|Texture fill rate||36.9 billion/sec||of 779.2 (Radeon RX 6900 XTX)|
|Floating-point performance||476.9 gflops||of 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)|
Compatibility, dimensions and requirements
Information on GeForce GTX 260's 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).
|Interface||PCIe 2.0 x16|
|Length||10.5" (267 mm) (26.7 cm)|
|Height||4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)|
|Supplementary power connectors||2x 6-pin|
Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 260: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
|Maximum RAM amount||896 MB||of 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)|
|Memory bus width||448 Bit||of 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)|
|Memory clock speed||999 MHz||of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)|
|Memory bandwidth||111.9 GB/s||of 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)|
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 260. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
|Display Connectors||Dual Link DVIHDTV|
|Multi monitor support||+|
|Maximum VGA resolution||2048x1536|
|Audio input for HDMI||S/PDIF|
APIs supported by GeForce GTX 260, sometimes including their particular versions.
|OpenGL||2.1||of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)|
Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 260. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.
This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.
Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 260. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
|Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)||30 Mh/s|
Let's see how good GeForce GTX 260 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.
Overall GeForce GTX 260 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.
We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 260 from AMD is Radeon HD 7730, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.
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