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GeForce GTX 285 1GB vs Geforce GTX 680

Intro

The GeForce GTX 285 1GB features a core clock speed of 648 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 1242 MHz. It also features a 512-bit memory bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It is made up of 240 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Geforce GTX 680, which has core clock speeds of 1006 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1536 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

(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, the Geforce GTX 680 should be quite a bit 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 a lot (more or less 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

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 680 is superior to the GeForce GTX 285 1GB, 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

Amazon.com

Geforce GTX 680

Amazon.com

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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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better 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 in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a 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 figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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