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GeForce GTX 480 vs GeForce GTX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 480 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 700 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 924 MHz on this specific model. It features 480 SPUs along with 60 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 560, which has core clock speeds of 810 MHz on the GPU, and 1001 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 336 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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 theoretically be quite a bit better than the GeForce GTX 560 overall. (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 (more or less 8%) better 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 will be quite a bit (more or less 30%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 560, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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

GeForce GTX 480

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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

Model GeForce GTX 480 GeForce GTX 560
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2010 May 2011
Code Name GF100 GF114
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
Memory 1536 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 810 MHz
Shader Speed 1401 MHz 1600 MHz
Memory Speed 924 MHz (3696 MHz effective) 1001 MHz (4004 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 480 336
Texture Mapping Units 60 56
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 150 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 177408 MB/sec 128128 MB/sec
Texel Rate 42000 Mtexels/sec 45360 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33600 Mpixels/sec 25920 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once 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, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number 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, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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