NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M

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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.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI

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The Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M SLI is a graphics solution that combines two Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M cards in an SLI setup. As not every game supports SLI efficiently, the performance increase compared to a single card is only about 0-40%. The most frequently used technique is Alternate Frame Rendering (AFR), where one card renders every odd frame while the second card renders every even frame. Due to the SLI setup, users may experience micro stuttering due to the irregular delays between sequential frames.

Each of the two GeForce GTX 280M is based on the G92b core and is produced in 55nm. It features the full 128 pipelines of the G92b and is therefore more comparable to the desktop 9800M GTX+ than the desktop GTX 280.

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M SLI is bundled with the GeForce 9400M G chipset (for laptops based on the Core 2 Duo) and therefore supports HybridPower if supported by the manufacturer. With HybridPower, both GTX cards can be disabled and only the chipset graphics core can run, leading to longer battery life (and possibly less fan noise). Modern Core i7 laptops use an Intel chipset and do not support HybridPower.

Since there are two GTX 280 cards active in SLI, the electric current consumption and exhumed heat are about twice as much as what a single GTX 280M can produce. Due to the large power and cooling requirements, this SLI combination is usually reserved for large desktop replacement (DTR) laptops (like the Alienware M17x).

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260MNVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce GTX 200M Series
GeForce GTX 285M SLI (compare) 256 @ 576 MHz256 Bit @ 1020 MHz
GeForce GTX 280M SLI 256 @ 585 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
GeForce GTX 260M SLI (compare) 224 @ 550 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
GeForce GTX 285M (compare) 128 @ 576 MHz256 Bit @ 1020 MHz
GeForce GTX 280M (compare) 128 @ 585 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
GeForce GTX 260M 112 @ 550 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
GeForce GTX 285M SLI (compare) 256 @ 576 MHz256 Bit @ 1020 MHz
GeForce GTX 280M SLI 256 @ 585 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
GeForce GTX 260M SLI (compare) 224 @ 550 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
GeForce GTX 285M (compare) 128 @ 576 MHz256 Bit @ 1020 MHz
GeForce GTX 280M (compare) 128 @ 585 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
GeForce GTX 260M 112 @ 550 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
CodenameN10E-GTN10E-GTX
ArchitectureG9xG9x
112 - 256 -
Core550 MHz585 MHz
Shader1375 MHz1463 MHz
Memory950 MHz950 MHz
Bus256 Bit256 Bit
MemoryGDDR3GDDR3
Max. Memory1024 MB2048 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 10, 4.0DirectX 10, 4.0
Transistors754 Million1508 Million
Technology55 nm55 nm
FeaturesHybridPower, PureVideo HD, CUDA, PhysX readyHybridPower, PureVideo HD, CUDA, PhysX ready
Size
Introduced02.03.2009 02.03.2009
MXM 3MXM 3
Manufacturerhttp://www.nvidia.com/object/product_gef...http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_gef...

3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
min: 32699     avg: 34053     median: 34304 (36%)     max: 34905 Points
min: 37453     avg: 38453     median: 38453 (40%)     max: 39453 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 27301     avg: 29794.2     median: 30595.5 (16%)     max: 30685 Points
min: 57010     avg: 57552.5     median: 57552.5 (30%)     max: 58095 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 12669     avg: 14772.6     median: 15079 (32%)     max: 16611 Points
min: 19180     avg: 19267.5     median: 19267.5 (41%)     max: 19355 Points
3DMark 06 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - 3ds Max 1280x1024
10.2 fps (21%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Catia 1280x1024
12.3 fps (26%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - EnSight 1280x1024
15.5 fps (33%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Maya 1280x1024
20.9 fps (11%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Pro/Engeneer 1280x1024
10 fps (20%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SolidWorks 1280x1024
11 fps (16%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - UGS Teamcenter 1280x1024
3.4 fps (9%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - UGS NX 1280x1024
5 fps (10%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
6.8 points (86%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
6.8 points (86%)
Windows Vista Experience Index - GPU Games
5.8 Points (85%)
5.9 Points (87%)
Windows Vista Experience Index - GPU
5.9 Points (87%)
5.9 Points (87%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M → 100%

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI → 126%

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

Mafia 2

Mafia 2

2010
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
45  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
43.8  fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
»
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
154  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
47  fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
»
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
79.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
54.8  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
41.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
23.2  fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
»
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
137.4  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
59.1  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
55.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
40  fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
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Risen

Risen

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
51.3 80.3 ~ 66 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
41.3 50.5 ~ 46 fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
31.7 36.5 ~ 34 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
26.9  fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
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Need for Speed Shift

Need for Speed Shift

2009
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
66.5  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
61  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
39.1  fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
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Colin McRae: DIRT 2

Colin McRae: DIRT 2

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
92  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
79.2  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
61.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
35.3  fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
»
Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
125.2 133 ~ 129 fps
81%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
105  fps
ultra 1280x1024
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
36.2 39 44 49.5 ~ 42 fps
90%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
37.6  fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
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GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
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Sims 3

Sims 3

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
313  fps
100%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
312  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
105  fps
138%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
145  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
89  fps
135%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
120  fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
»
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
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F.E.A.R. 2

F.E.A.R. 2

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
132 151.2 ~ 142 fps
137%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
180 208.8 ~ 194 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
86.5 89 91.1 ~ 89 fps
143%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
127.5  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
63.8 65 67.4 73.4 77.4 ~ 69 fps
174%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
116.9 123.1 ~ 120 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
41.8  fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
»
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
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GTA IV - Grand Theft Auto

GTA IV - Grand Theft Auto

2008
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
57.9  fps
97%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
46.1 65.4 ~ 56 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
48  fps
94%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
44.6 45.2 ~ 45 fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
36.7  fps
133%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
35.5 62.2 ~ 49 fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
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GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
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Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead

2008
low 640x480
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
107 135.8 ~ 121 fps
136%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
165  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
69 85.8 103.3 111.7 ~ 92 fps
113%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
104  fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
»
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
»
Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2

2008
low 640x480
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
91.6  fps
high 1024x768
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
50.8  fps
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
»
Crysis Warhead

Crysis Warhead

2008
low 800x600
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
73  fps
ultra 1024x768
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
35  fps
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
»
Racedriver: GRID

Racedriver: GRID

2008
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
105 111.9 ~ 108 fps
153%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
122 208.8 ~ 165 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
61.5 72 75.1 ~ 70 fps
149%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
81 127.5 ~ 104 fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
52.7 53 56.2 59.1 ~ 55 fps
176%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
77 116.9 ~ 97 fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
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GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
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Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

2007
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
211.3  fps
112%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
237.2  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
95.2 168.8 ~ 132 fps
133%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
175.3  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
52.8 67.3 77.8 88.5 ~ 72 fps
156%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
105.9 119 ~ 112 fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
»
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
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Supreme Commander - FA Bench

Supreme Commander - FA Bench

2007
low 1024x768
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
77.2  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
53.4  fps
126%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
67.2  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
49.2  fps
131%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
64.6  fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
»
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
»
Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
92 123.7 ~ 108 fps
98%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
102.6 108.5 ~ 106 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
56 57.2 76.9 ~ 63 fps
102%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
64.1  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
31 38 38.4 39.3 41.9 ~ 38 fps
139%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
52 53.2 ~ 53 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
12.2  fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
»
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
»
Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
110 129.5 ~ 120 fps
103%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
123.5 124.8 ~ 124 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
49 52.6 76.9 ~ 60 fps
109%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
65.4  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
30.7 35.5 37 37 39.2 ~ 36 fps
131%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
41.3 53.2 ~ 47 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
11.5  fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
»
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
»
World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

2007
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
47 72 ~ 60 fps
78%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
47  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
38 42 ~ 40 fps
185%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
74  fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
»
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
»
Call of Juarez Benchmark

Call of Juarez Benchmark

2006
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
22.7 26.6 27.2 ~ 26 fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
»
Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

2005
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
158  fps
83%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
130.8  fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
»
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
»
Quake 4

Quake 4

2005
ultra 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
62  fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
»
World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
267  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
51.8  fps
100%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
52  fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
»
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
»
Counter-Strike Source

Counter-Strike Source

2004
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
121 270 ~ 196 fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
»
Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
217.1  fps
ultra 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
178  fps
121%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
215.7  fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
»
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
»
Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

1999
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 260M:
575  fps
GeForce GTX 260M:
»

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Average Gaming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI → 124%

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