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GeForce GTX 470 vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 607 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 837 MHz on this particular card. It features 448 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 40 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 650, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1058 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1250 MHz on this specific card. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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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 speaking, the GeForce GTX 470 is 67% faster than the GeForce GTX 650 overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 470 will be a small bit (approximately 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 is much (about 43%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 650, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (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 2048 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video 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 its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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