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GeForce GTX 470 vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 has a clock speed of 607 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 837 MHz. It also features a 320-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 448 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 40 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 650, which comes with a core clock speed of 1058 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit 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 470 215 Watts
Difference: 151 Watts (236%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 470 should perform a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 650 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
Difference: 53920 (67%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 470 is just a bit (about 0%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 136 (0%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 470 will be a lot (more or less 43%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 650, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7352 (43%)

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 470

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 650

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 470 GeForce GTX 650
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2010 September 2012
Code Name GF100 GK107
Memory 1280 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz 1058 MHz
Memory Speed 3348 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 215 watts 64 watts
Bandwidth 133920 MB/sec 80000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33992 Mtexels/sec 33856 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24280 Mpixels/sec 16928 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 448 384
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 40 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 can be applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, 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 the video card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. 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 is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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