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GeForce GT 640 DDR3 vs GeForce GTX 260

Intro

The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 comes with a GPU clock speed of 900 MHz, and the 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM runs at 1782 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 384 Stream Processors, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 260, which makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 999 MHz on this specific card. It features 192 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 28 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 65 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 182 Watts
Difference: 117 Watts (180%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 260 should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 111888 MB/sec
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 57024 MB/sec
Difference: 54864 (96%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 is much (about 28%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 36864 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8064 (28%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 260 is superior to the GeForce GT 640 DDR3, not by a very large margin though. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 16128 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 14400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1728 (12%)

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 GTX 260

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 GTX 260
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 2012 June 16, 2008
Code Name GK107 G200
Memory 2048 MB 896 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 576 MHz
Memory Speed 3564 MHz 1998 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 65 watts 182 watts
Bandwidth 57024 MB/sec 111888 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 36864 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14400 Mpixels/sec 16128 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 192
Texture Mapping Units 32 64
Render Output Units 16 28
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 448-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 65 nm
Transistors 1300 million 1400 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 3.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster 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 is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock 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 applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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