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GeForce GTX 470 vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 features a GPU clock speed of 607 MHz, and the 1280 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 837 MHz through a 320-bit bus. It also features 448 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 40 Raster Operation Units.

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

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 470 should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 650 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 470 is a bit (more or less 0%) more effective at AF 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 much (about 43%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 650, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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

GeForce GTX 470

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

Model GeForce GTX 470 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 1280 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz 1058 MHz
Shader Speed 1215 MHz 1058 MHz
Memory Speed 837 MHz (3348 MHz effective) 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 448 384
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 40 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 215 watts 64 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 133920 MB/sec 80000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33992 Mtexels/sec 33856 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24280 Mpixels/sec 16928 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, 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 are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units 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 applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs 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 lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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