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GeForce GTX 480 vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

The GeForce GTX 480 has a clock frequency of 700 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 924 MHz. It also uses a 384-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 480 SPUs, 60 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 650, which comes with a clock frequency of 1058 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 384 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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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

The GeForce GTX 480, in theory, 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 much (about 24%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 480 is a better choice, by far. (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

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 GTX 480 GeForce GTX 650
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2010 September 2012
Code Name GF100 GK107
Memory 1536 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 1058 MHz
Memory Speed 3696 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 64 watts
Bandwidth 177408 MB/sec 80000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 42000 Mtexels/sec 33856 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33600 Mpixels/sec 16928 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 480 384
Texture Mapping Units 60 32
Render Output Units 48 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million 1300 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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