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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game HD i7 3840QM GeForce GTX 260M
Cyberpunk 2077 1728% 1076%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1572% 975%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1518% 941%
Watch Dogs Legion 1664% 1034%
FIFA 21 822% 493%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1518% 941%
Godfall 2869% 1809%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2473% 1555%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 2521% 1586%
Genshin Impact 1728% 1076%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 260M are significantly better than the Intel HD i7 3840QM.

The HD i7 3840QM has a 100 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 260M, but the GeForce GTX 260M has 52 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD i7 3840QM. As a result, the GeForce GTX 260M exhibits a 28.2 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD i7 3840QM. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD i7 3840QM has a 100 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 260M, but the GeForce GTX 260M has 14 more Render Output Units than the HD i7 3840QM. As a result, the GeForce GTX 260M exhibits a 7.5 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD i7 3840QM. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD i7 3840QM was released over three years more recently than the GeForce GTX 260M, and so the HD i7 3840QM is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GeForce GTX 260M when running the latest games.

The GeForce GTX 260M has 1024 MB video memory, but the HD i7 3840QM does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The HD i7 3840QM has 16 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 260M has 112. However, the actual shader performance of the HD i7 3840QM is 83 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 260M is 154. The GeForce GTX 260M having 71 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GTX 260M delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD i7 3840QM.

The HD i7 3840QM transistor size technology is 43 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce GTX 260M. This means that the HD i7 3840QM is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce GTX 260M.

The HD i7 3840QM requires 45 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 260M requires 65 Watts. The GeForce GTX 260M requires 20 Watts more than the HD i7 3840QM to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GeForce GTX 260M to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the HD i7 3840QM.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed650 MHzvs550 MHz
Boost Clock1300 MHzvs-
ArchitectureIvy Bridge GT2Tesla G92-N10E-GT
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date29 Apr 2012vs01 Mar 2009
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1920x1080
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GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs1024 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs950 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth12.8GB/secvs60.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units16vs112
Actual Shader Performance4%vs7%
Technology22nmvs65nm
Texture Mapping Units4vs56
Texture Rate2.6 GTexel/svs30.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units2vs16
Pixel Rate1.3 GPixel/svs8.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power45 Wattsvs65 Watts
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GPU Features

DirectX11.1vs10.0
Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.0vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatednovsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-3840QM 4-Core 2.8GHz-
Recommended RAM4 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewN/AGeForce GTX 260M is a high-end-class level GPU of the 200M Series released by NVIDIA in 2009/2010. The biggest hindrance it has is the fact that it only supports DirectX up to 10 so DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
It's based on the architecture 'G92b', same used on the middle-class GeForce GTS 250 part of the desktop 200 Series. The performance should be much lower than the desktop GTS 250, due to the lower clock frequencies and less amount of Pipelines but higher than the GeForce GTS 260M as it features extra Pipelines and a 256 bits Memory Bus, as well as higher clock frequencies.
Compared to powerful Mobile GPUS (e.g. GTX 485M, Radeon HD 6990M), GeForce GTX 260M is not far behind and it's capable of playing demanding games (like Crysis 2) at high settings. However, very demanding games like Metro 2033 can only be played at low or medium settings, depending on the resolution + DirectX used.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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