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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 260 v3 GeForce GTX 460 PNY 1GB OC Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 326% 227%
Hitman 3 455% 325%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 290% 199%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 277% 189%
FIFA 21 115% 65%
Grand Theft Auto VI 500% 360%
Far Cry 6 517% 373%
Genshin Impact 326% 227%
Battlefield 6 455% 325%
Resident Evil 8 326% 227%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 PNY 1GB OC Edition are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 v3.

The GTX 460 has a 189 MHz higher core clock speed but 16 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 260. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 460 manages to provide 1.3 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 460 has a 189 MHz higher core clock speed and 4 more Render Output Units than the GTX 260. This results in the GTX 460 providing 8.4 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 460 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 260, and so the GTX 460 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 260.

The GTX 460 has 128 MB more video memory than the GTX 260, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 460 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 460 has 6.5 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 260, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 460 is marginally better than the GTX 260.

The GeForce GTX 260 v3 has 216 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 460 PNY 1GB OC Edition has 336. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 260 is 286 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 460 is 514. The GTX 460 having 228 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 460 delivers a slightly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 260.

The GTX 460 transistor size technology is 15 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 260. This means that the GTX 460 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 260.

The GeForce GTX 260 v3 requires 171 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 460 PNY 1GB OC Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 260 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 460. The GTX 260 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the GTX 460. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 260 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 460.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed576 MHzvs765 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G200-103-B2Fermi GF104-300-KB-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date27 Nov 2008vs01 Aug 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory896 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed999 MHzvs925 MHz
Memory Bus448 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth111.9GB/secvs118.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units216vs336
Actual Shader Performance14%vs25%
Texture Mapping Units72vs56
Texture Rate41.5 GTexel/svs42.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units28vs32
Pixel Rate16.1 GPixel/svs24.5 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power171 Watts-
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 37 Ampsvs450 Watts & 38 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs5.0
Open GL3.3vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHzvsIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM6 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 260 v3 is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Tesla Architecture.

Tesla was NVIDIA's First Unified Shader Architecture.

It equips a GPU Codenamed G200-103-B2 which has 9 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 216 Shader Processing Units, 72 TMUs and 28 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 576MHz.

The GPU accesses a 896MB frame buffer of GDDR3, through a 448-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 999MHz.

DirectX 10.0 Support (10.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology, Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration, PhysX, CUDA, HybridPower and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 171W, it requires at least a 500W PSU and it requires at least two 6-pin available connectors.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance somewhat above a Radeon HD 4870, meaning it is much faster than GeForce GT 250.
GeForce GTX 460 PNY 1GB OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end GeForce GTX 460.
The biggest features are increases in the core-clock that went from 675MHz to 765MHz and from 900MHz to 925MHz, respectively.
According to most benchmarks, the performance boost is around 8% when compared to the standard GeForce GTX 460.
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