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GeForce GT 640 DDR3 vs GeForce GTS 450

Intro

The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 900 MHz. The DDR3 memory works at a frequency of 1782 MHz on this particular card. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTS 450, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 783 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 902 MHz on this model. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 1560 points
GeForce GTS 450 1453 points
Difference: 107 (7%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 65 Watts
GeForce GTS 450 106 Watts
Difference: 41 Watts (63%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTS 450 is 1% faster than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 overall, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 57728 MB/sec
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 57024 MB/sec
Difference: 704 (1%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 is just a bit (more or less 15%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTS 450. (explain)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 28800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTS 450 25056 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3744 (15%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 is the winner, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 14400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTS 450 12528 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1872 (15%)

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

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GeForce GT 640 DDR3

Amazon.com

GeForce GTS 450

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 640 DDR3 GeForce GTS 450
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 2012 September 2010
Code Name GK107 GF106
Memory 2048 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 783 MHz
Memory Speed 3564 MHz 3608 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 65 watts 106 watts
Bandwidth 57024 MB/sec 57728 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 25056 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14400 Mpixels/sec 12528 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 192
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1300 million 1170 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number 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 it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip 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 Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 640 DDR3

Amazon.com

GeForce GTS 450

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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