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GeForce GTX 480 vs GeForce GTX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 480 comes with a clock speed of 700 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 924 MHz. It also uses a 384-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 480 SPUs, 60 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 560, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 810 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1001 MHz on this card. It features 336 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 560 150 Watts
GeForce GTX 480 250 Watts
Difference: 100 Watts (67%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 480 will be 38% quicker than the GeForce GTX 560 overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 480 177408 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 560 128128 MB/sec
Difference: 49280 (38%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 is a little bit (more or less 8%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 480. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 45360 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 480 42000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3360 (8%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 480 is a lot (more or less 30%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce GTX 560, and able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 480 33600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 560 25920 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7680 (30%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 480

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 560

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 480 GeForce GTX 560
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2010 May 2011
Code Name GF100 GF114
Memory 1536 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 810 MHz
Memory Speed 3696 MHz 4004 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 177408 MB/sec 128128 MB/sec
Texel Rate 42000 Mtexels/sec 45360 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33600 Mpixels/sec 25920 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 480 336
Texture Mapping Units 60 56
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3000 million 1950 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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