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GeForce GTX 480 vs GeForce GTX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 480 features core speeds of 700 MHz on the GPU, and 924 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 480 SPUs along with 60 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 560, which comes with a clock frequency of 810 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1001 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 336 SPUs, 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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 480 should in theory be quite a bit better than the GeForce GTX 560 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 should be a small bit (approximately 8%) faster with regards to 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%) more effective at AA than the GeForce GTX 560, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (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 maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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