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GeForce GTX 470 vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 607 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 837 MHz on this specific model. It features 448 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 40 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 650, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1058 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1250 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 384 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, 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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 470 should in theory be much superior to 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 should be a small bit (more or less 0%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 470 is a better choice, by a large margin. (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

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GeForce GTX 650

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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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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