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GeForce GT 315 vs GeForce GTX 560

Intro

The GeForce GT 315 comes with a GPU core clock speed of 625 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR3 RAM runs at 790 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 48 Stream Processors, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 560, which features a core clock frequency of 810 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1001 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 336 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 315 52 Watts
GeForce GTX 560 150 Watts
Difference: 98 Watts (188%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 560 should in theory be a lot better than the GeForce GT 315 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 128128 MB/sec
GeForce GT 315 25280 MB/sec
Difference: 102848 (407%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 is much (about 354%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GT 315. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 45360 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 315 10000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 35360 (354%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 560 is superior to the GeForce GT 315, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 25920 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 315 5000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 20920 (418%)

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 GT 315

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 GT 315 GeForce GTX 560
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year November 2009 May 2011
Code Name GT216 GF114
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 625 MHz 810 MHz
Memory Speed 1580 MHz 4004 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 52 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 25280 MB/sec 128128 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10000 Mtexels/sec 45360 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5000 Mpixels/sec 25920 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 48 336
Texture Mapping Units 16 56
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 486 million 1950 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster 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 processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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