The NVIDIA GTX 260 has been on the market for quite a while. It was followed by the GTX 260 with 216 shaders to combat ATI's offerings at that time. Now NVIDIA has given permission to their add in board partners to create custom PCB and cooling designs to further diversify their product range.
Palit's GTX 260 Sonic comes in the 216 shader flavor with higher clock speeds out of the box. The cooling system has also been completely revamped to employ Palit's Revolution cooler, yet still uses two slots in your motherboard. What is very uncommon for NVIDIA graphics card is the PCB color which can only be described as ATI red - yes it still looks good. Not only the PCB color has been changed, but large sections of the PCB layout have also been customized, most probably to reduce cost.
Palit GTX 260
HD 4870 X2
|Shader units||112||800||128||192||800||216||240||2x 800||240||2x 240|
|ROPs||16||16||16||28||16||28||32||2x 16||32||2x 28|
|GPU||G92||RV770||G92||GT200||RV770||GT200||GT200||2x RV770||GT200b||2x GT200b|
|Transistors||754M||956M||754M||1400M||956M||1400M||1400M||2x 956M||1400M||2x 1400M|
|Memory Size||512 MB||512 MB||512 MB||896 MB||512 MB||896 MB||1024 MB||2x 1024 MB||1024 MB||2x 896 MB|
|Memory Bus Width||256 bit||256 bit||256 bit||448 bit||256 bit||448 bit||512 bit||2x 256 bit||512 bit||2x 448 bit|
|Core Clock||600 MHz||625 MHz||675 MHz||576 MHz||750 MHz||625 MHz||602 MHz||750 MHz||648 MHz||576 MHz|
|Memory Clock||900 MHz||993 MHz||1100 MHz||999 MHz||900 MHz||1100 MHz||1107 MHz||900 MHz||1242 MHz||999 MHz|