Zotac GeForce GTX 260 Amp² Edition 216 Shaders

Zotac GeForce GTX 260 Amp² Edition 216 Shaders

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Introduction



Today NVIDIA launches their updated GeForce GTX 260 Series. The new cards feature an increased shader count of 216 versus 192 on the "normal" GTX 260. Yet there is no new product name by NVIDIA, the product is still called GTX 260. I am not sure if this is a good move because it will create a lot of confusion with the users. Calling it GTX 270 or even GTX 260+ would have been a better strategy in my opinion. As confirmed by NVIDIA this is the same GPU as on the GTX 260 and GTX 280, just with a different number of shaders and texture units. The silicon has remained the same, which means it is still a 65 nm design - a shrinked 55 nm version will follow later this year. Also it should be noted that this 216 shader GPU will not completely replace the GTX 260 with 192 shaders. There will just be three GT200 based products in the future.

Zotac has labeled their card GTX 260 AMP² Edition, a non-AMP card will be available as well with lower clocks but still 216 shaders.

For your reference, see our previous reviews of the GTX 260 and GTX 280:
GeForce
8800 GT
GeForce
9800 GT
Radeon
HD 4850
GeForce
9800 GTX
GeForce
9800 GTX+
GeForce
8800 GTX
GeForce
GTX 260
Radeon
HD 4870
Zotac GTX
260 Amp²
GeForce
GTX 280
Radeon
HD 4870 X2
Shader units 1121128001281281281928002162402x 800
ROPs161616161624281628322x 16
GPUG92G92RV770G92G92G80GT200RV770GT200GT2002x RV770
Transistors754M754M 956M754M 754M 681M 1400M 956M1400M 1400M 2x 956M
Memory Size512 MB 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB512 MB768 MB896 MB512 MB 896 MB1024 MB2x 1024 MB
Memory Bus Width 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit 384 bit 448 bit 256 bit 448 bit 512 bit 2x 256 bit
Core Clock600 MHz 600 MHz 625 MHz 675 MHz 738 MHz 575 MHz 576 MHz 750 MHz 650 MHz 602 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Clock900 MHz 900 MHz 993 MHz 1100 MHz 1100 MHz 900 MHz 999 MHz 900 MHz 1050 MHz 1107 MHz 900 MHz
Price$140$160$170$185$200$295$270$280$299$430$550
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