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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M

The NVidia GeForce GTX 260M is a high-end graphics card of the 200M series based on the G92b core. Therefore, the 55nm chip is essentially a 9800M GTX with slightly higher clock rates (550/1375/950 vs. 500/1250/800). As a result, the 260M is more similar to the desktop 9800GT than the GTX 260.

As with all native DirectX 10 cards, the GeForce GTX 260M renders 3D images using "Unified Shaders". Dedicated pixel shaders and vertex shaders have been replaced with 112 stream processors in the 260M, which now take over most of the graphics workload. The shader units themselves are also clocked higher (1375 MHz) than the core chip.

In general, the performance of the GTX 260M is somewhat higher than the 9800M GTX due to the higher clock speed. For current DirectX 10 games such as Crysis, World in Conflict, Bioshock or Age of Conan, the 260M is sufficient for gameplay under medium to high detail settings. Meanwhile, older games should be able to run fluently under high resolutions and full details. VRAM can be up to 1024 MB GDDR3 at 950MHz  in MXM 3.0 or 800MHz in MXM 2.0.

The GeForce GTX 260M integrates the PureVideo HD video decoder. The GPU is thus able to assist the CPU in the decoding of H.264-, VC-1-, MPEG2- and WMV9 videos.

HybridPower is a Windows Vista-only technology that allows users to switch between the integrated and dedicated graphics core for power-saving purposes. In the future, Nvidia intends to evolve the software for automatic switching depending on the active application (now known as Optimus). GeForceBoost is not supported with the GTX 260M as there would be no performance gain from combining with the integrated GPU.

The high current consumption of up to 75 Watts (of the entire MXM board) means that the GTX 260M can typically only be found in larger notebooks with loud and powerful cooling systems.

Compared with Desktop graphics cards, the GTX 260M is most similar to the GeForce 9800 GT.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce GTX 200M Series
GeForce GTX 285M SLI 256 @ 576 MHz256 Bit @ 1020 MHz
GeForce GTX 280M SLI 256 @ 585 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
GeForce GTX 260M SLI 224 @ 550 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
GeForce GTX 285M 128 @ 576 MHz256 Bit @ 1020 MHz
GeForce GTX 280M 128 @ 585 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
GeForce GTX 260M 112 @ 550 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
CodenameN10E-GT
ArchitectureG9x
Pipelines112 - unified
Core Speed *550 MHz
Shader Speed *1375 MHz
Memory Speed *950 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 10, Shader 4.0
Power Consumption75 Watt
Transistors754 Million
technology55 nm
FeaturesHybridPower, PureVideo HD, CUDA, PhysX ready
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement02.03.2009
InformationMXM 3
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.nvidia.com/object/product_gef...
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark Vantage
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
P Result no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 +
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
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min: 12669     avg: 14772.6 (32%)     median: 15079 (32%)     max: 16611 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
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100%
min: 27301     avg: 29794.2 (17%)     median: 30595.5 (17%)     max: 30685 Points
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
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100%
min: 32699     avg: 34053 (36%)     median: 34304 (36%)     max: 34905 Points
PCMark Vantage - Gaming Score 1024x768
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100%
min: 4032     avg: 4911.2 (19%)     median: 4329 (17%)     max: 6382 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
Windows Vista Experience Index - GPU
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min: 5.9     avg: 5.9 (87%)     median: 5.9 (87%)     max: 5.9 Points
Windows Vista Experience Index - GPU Games
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min: 5.8     avg: 5.8 (85%)     median: 5.8 (85%)     max: 5.8 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Mafia 2

Mafia 2

2010
med. 1024x768
45  fps    + Compare
high 1360x768
43.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
StarCraft 2
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
low 1024x768
79.1  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
54.8  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
41.6  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
23.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
CoD Modern Warfare 2
low 800x600
137.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
59.1  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
55.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
40  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Risen

Risen

2009
low 800x600
51.3 80.3 ~ 66 fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
41.3 50.5 ~ 46 fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
31.7 36.5 ~ 34 fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
26.9  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Need for Speed Shift

Need for Speed Shift

2009
med. 1024x768
66.5  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
61  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
39.1  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Colin McRae: DIRT 2

Colin McRae: DIRT 2

2009
low 800x600
92  fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
79.2  fps    + Compare
high 1360x768
61.5  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
35.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
125.2 133 ~ 129 fps    + Compare
ultra 1280x1024
36.2 39 44 49.5 ~ 42 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Sims 3

Sims 3

2009
low 800x600
313  fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
105  fps    + Compare
high 1280x1024
89  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
F.E.A.R. 2

F.E.A.R. 2

2009
low 800x600
132 151.2 ~ 142 fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
86.5 89 91.1 ~ 89 fps    + Compare
high 1280x1024
63.8 65 67.4 73.4 77.4 ~ 69 fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
41.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.