ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

Price now 254$
Games supported 58%
ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2
ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2
  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 825 MHz
  • Max video memory 512 MB
  • Memory type GDDR3
  • Memory clock speed 1802 MHz
  • 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.

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ArchitectureTeraScale (2005−2013)Tesla 2.0 (2007−2013)
GPU code nameR680GT200
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date26 January 2008 (14 years ago)16 September 2008 (14 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$449 $299
Current price$254 (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 cores320216
Core clock speed825 MHz576 MHz
Number of transistors666 million1,400 million
Manufacturing process technology55 nm65 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)165 Watt182 Watt
Texture fill rate13.2041.47
Floating-point performance2x 528.0 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
Length267 mm267 mm
Supplementary power connectors1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin2x 6-pin


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 amount512 MB896 MB
Memory bus width256 Bit448 Bit
Memory clock speed1802 MHz1998 MHz
Memory bandwidth57.66 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 Connectors2x DVI, 1x S-Video2x DVI, 1x S-Video

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX10.1 (10_1)11.1 (10_0)
Shader Model4.14.0
CUDAno data1.3

Advantages and disadvantages

Recency 26 January 2008 16 September 2008
Cost $449 $299
Memory bus width 256 448
Pipelines / CUDA cores 320 216
Memory bandwidth 57.66 111.9
Chip lithography 55 nm 65 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 165 Watt 182 Watt

Technical City couldn't decide between

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2
ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2


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

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Competitors of Radeon HD 3870 X2 by NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 3870 X2 from NVIDIA is GeForce GT 630.

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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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