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GeForce GTX 460 vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 675 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this card. It features 336 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 650, which has a core clock speed of 1058 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 384 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 650 64 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 150 Watts
Difference: 86 Watts (134%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 460 should be 8% faster than the GeForce GTX 650 overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 86400 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (8%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 should be a bit (more or less 12%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 37800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3944 (12%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 650 is a little bit (approximately 4%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 460, and able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 16200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 728 (4%)

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 460

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GeForce GTX 650

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 460 GeForce GTX 650
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2010 September 2012
Code Name GF104 GK107
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 768 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 1058 MHz
Shader Speed 1350 MHz 1058 MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (3600 MHz effective) 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 336 384
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 64 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 86400 MB/sec 80000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37800 Mtexels/sec 33856 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16200 Mpixels/sec 16928 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

Comments

3 Responses to “GeForce GTX 460 vs GeForce GTX 650”
zoe says:
I purchased a GEFORCE GT620 on advice from the shop technician. Performance was dismal. An ATI Radeon HD5670 at the same price gives me a bench mark of 7.1 for graphics and gaming graphics. The old faithful GTX which cost a lot more bechmarks in at 7.6 for both tests. The GT620 comes in at 4 for the Graphics and 5.1 for gaming graphics. The GT620 2GB costs $80 and the GT630 4GB $150.
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