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GeForce GT 315 vs GeForce GTX 560

Intro

The GeForce GT 315 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 625 MHz. The DDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 790 MHz on this card. It features 48 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 560, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 810 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1001 MHz on this specific model. It features 336 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

The GeForce GTX 560 should in theory perform a lot faster than the GeForce GT 315 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 will be much (more or less 354%) faster with regards to anisotropic 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 using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 560 is superior to the GeForce GT 315, by far. (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

GeForce GT 315

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GeForce GTX 560

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Specifications

Model GeForce GT 315 GeForce GTX 560
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year November 2009 May 2011
Code Name GT216 GF114
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 625 MHz 810 MHz
Shader Speed 1360 MHz 1600 MHz
Memory Speed 790 MHz (1580 MHz effective) 1001 MHz (4004 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 48 336
Texture Mapping Units 16 56
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 52 watts 150 watts
Shader Model 4.1 5.0
Bandwidth 25280 MB/sec 128128 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10000 Mtexels/sec 45360 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5000 Mpixels/sec 25920 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many 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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