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GeForce GTX 480 vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

The GeForce GTX 480 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 700 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 924 MHz on this particular model. It features 480 SPUs as well as 60 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 650, which features a core clock frequency of 1058 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 384 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 650 64 Watts
GeForce GTX 480 250 Watts
Difference: 186 Watts (291%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 480 should perform much faster than the GeForce GTX 650 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 480 177408 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
Difference: 97408 (122%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 480 should be a lot (more or less 24%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)

GeForce GTX 480 42000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8144 (24%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 480 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 480 33600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 16672 (98%)

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 GTX 480

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 650

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 480 GeForce GTX 650
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2010 September 2012
Code Name GF100 GK107
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1536 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 1058 MHz
Shader Speed 1401 MHz 1058 MHz
Memory Speed 924 MHz (3696 MHz effective) 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 480 384
Texture Mapping Units 60 32
Render Output Units 48 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 64 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 177408 MB/sec 80000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 42000 Mtexels/sec 33856 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33600 Mpixels/sec 16928 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics 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 maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. 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 output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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