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GeForce GTX 285 1GB vs Geforce GTX 680

Intro

The GeForce GTX 285 1GB uses a 55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 648 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a speed of 1242 MHz on this card. It features 240 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Geforce GTX 680, which has a core clock frequency of 1006 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1502 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1536 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

Theoretically speaking, the Geforce GTX 680 should be 21% quicker than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 should be a lot (about 148%) faster with regards to texture 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

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 680 is the winner, by far. (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

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Geforce GTX 680

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 285 1GB Geforce GTX 680
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year January 15, 2009 March 2012
Code Name G200b GK104
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 648 MHz 1006 MHz
Shader Speed 1476 MHz 1006 MHz
Memory Speed 1242 MHz (2484 MHz effective) 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 240 1536
Texture Mapping Units 80 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 204 watts 195 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 158976 MB/sec 192256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 51840 Mtexels/sec 128768 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20736 Mpixels/sec 32192 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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