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GeForce GT 640 DDR3 vs GeForce GTX 460

Intro

The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 900 MHz. The DDR3 RAM works at a speed of 1782 MHz on this specific card. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 460, which comes with a core clock frequency of 675 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 336 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 65 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 150 Watts
Difference: 85 Watts (131%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 460 should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 86400 MB/sec
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 57024 MB/sec
Difference: 29376 (52%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 will be a lot (approximately 31%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 37800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9000 (31%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 is a better choice, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 16200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 14400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1800 (13%)

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 640 DDR3

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GeForce GTX 460

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Specifications

Model GeForce GT 640 DDR3 GeForce GTX 460
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 2012 July 2010
Code Name GK107 GF104
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
Memory 2048 MB 768 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 675 MHz
Shader Speed 900 MHz 1350 MHz
Memory Speed 1782 MHz (3564 MHz effective) 900 MHz (3600 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 384 336
Texture Mapping Units 32 56
Render Output Units 16 24
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 65 watts 150 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 57024 MB/sec 86400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 37800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14400 Mpixels/sec 16200 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video 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 most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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