New? Old? three ways of GTX 260 Discriminations

So NVIDIA decided that they are not going to change name of the new 216sp GTX 260, we’d better find a way to tell the new 260 from the old.

1. Shader

The new GTX 260 have 9 TPC, thats 24 shaders more than the old GTX 260, So the easiest way to see the difference is from ForceWare control panel’s system information.One of the improvement of ForceWare 177 is more info will be display in the system information page. So let’s see:

System info displays shader numbers

2. Core

If you can dismount the cooler, you will able to see the GPU core. look at the mark on it, you can see the new GTX 260 is G200-103-A2, not the rumored A3 core.

left: old, right: new

3. Performance

The Performance of the new GTX 260 is about 5%~10% faster than the old GTX 260. in 3Dmark Vantage Extreme Preset we can see 10% improvement, if you run a Devil May Cry 4 PC benchmark, the improvement can be boost up to 11%~12%.

Don’t worry, if you are going to purchase a 216SP GTX 260 after September 16, graphic vendors will change box designs and naming,like GTX260 Xtreme Edition, TOP or something. the new boxart and name can also help you to define which is 216SP GTX 260 and which is 192SP GTX 260.

10 Responses to “New? Old? three ways of GTX 260 Discriminations”

  1. Sonk Says:

    Are the new 216SP GTX 260 using 55nm process?

  2. Jeff Says:

    it is a 65nm

  3. Babyfish Says:

    Intelligent way, very practical also.

  4. Sonk Says:

    thanks. So its still 65 nm. Any idea what the price will be, will it be cheaper or more expensive than the current GTX 260? I’m planning on building a new computer soon, maybe i should wait?

  5. Anon Says:

    Wait until the 55/40nm cards come out in Q1 2009.

  6. Sonk Says:

    Well, i need something this year(and its gotta be Nvidia). So if the new 216SP GTX260 is slightly cheaper, or its introduction will cause a price reduction in the older model..then i’ll wait and see, September 16 isn’t far off…

  7. x1reme Says:

    How will it be cheaper fools when clearly more stuff is added but on the same 65nm.

    “Wait until the 55/40nm cards come out in Q1 2009.” and what then? well amd is gonna come with The R800 series, so any plans nvidia has is of no use. Old Technology Vs new Technology.

  8. name Says:

    it’s a great card anyway, go for it sonk

  9. Anon Says:


    He has specified that it had to be nvidia, that’s why I said wait. Else I would have said go ATi now.
    Besides, R800 isn’t actually a massive performance increase like R700 was. I think that was reported here, maybe not, but yeah.

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