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GeForce GTX 285 1GB vs Geforce GTX 680

Intro

The GeForce GTX 285 1GB comes with core speeds of 648 MHz on the GPU, and 1242 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 240 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Geforce GTX 680, which features a clock speed of 1006 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1502 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1536 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 680 195 Watts
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 204 Watts
Difference: 9 Watts (5%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Geforce GTX 680, in theory, should perform much faster than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB in general. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 192256 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 158976 MB/sec
Difference: 33280 (21%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 will be quite a bit (about 148%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 128768 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 51840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 76928 (148%)

Pixel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 is quite a bit (more or less 55%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB, and should be able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 32192 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 20736 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11456 (55%)

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 285 1GB

Geforce GTX 680

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 285 1GB Geforce GTX 680
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year January 15, 2009 March 2012
Code Name G200b GK104
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 648 MHz 1006 MHz
Memory Speed 2484 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 204 watts 195 watts
Bandwidth 158976 MB/sec 192256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 51840 Mtexels/sec 128768 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20736 Mpixels/sec 32192 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 1536
Texture Mapping Units 80 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1400 million 3540 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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