260 vs 260 Core 216

Price now 149$
Games supported 59%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 576MHz
  • Max video memory 896MB
  • Memory type GDDR3
  • Memory clock speed 999MHz
  • 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 208$
Games supported 39%

General info

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

Place in performance rating639not rated
Value for money0.21no data
ArchitectureTesla 2.0 (2007−2013)Tesla 2.0 (2007−2013)
GPU code nameGT200GT200
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date16 June 2008 (14 years ago)16 September 2008 (14 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$449 $299
Current price$149 (0.3x MSRP)$208 (0.7x MSRP)
Value for money

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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 cores192216
CUDA cores192no data
Core clock speed576 MHz576 MHz
Number of transistors1,400 million1,400 million
Manufacturing process technology65 nm65 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)182 Watt182 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature105 °Cno data
Texture fill rate36.9 billion/sec41.47
Floating-point performance476.9 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
Length10.5" (267 mm) (26.7 cm)267 mm
Height4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)no data
Supplementary power connectors2x 6-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 amount896 MB896 MB
Memory bus width448 Bit448 Bit
Memory clock speed999 MHz1998 MHz
Memory bandwidth111.9 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 ConnectorsDual Link DVIHDTV2x 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

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 260 and GeForce GTX 260 Core 216. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 30 Mh/s no data

Advantages and disadvantages

Recency 16 June 2008 16 September 2008
Cost $449 $299
Pipelines / CUDA cores 192 216

Technical City couldn't decide between

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260


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

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Competitors of GeForce GTX 260 by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 260 from AMD is Radeon HD 6770.

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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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