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GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs GeForce GTX 650 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti comes with clock speeds of 822 MHz on the GPU, and 1002 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 384 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 928 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1350 MHz on this model. It features 768 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 650 Ti 110 Watts
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 170 Watts
Difference: 60 Watts (55%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 128256 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 650 Ti 86400 MB/sec
Difference: 41856 (48%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti will be a bit (more or less 13%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 Ti 59392 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 52608 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6784 (13%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 560 Ti is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 26304 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 Ti 14848 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11456 (77%)

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 560 Ti

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 650 Ti

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 560 Ti GeForce GTX 650 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year January 2011 October 2012
Code Name GF114 GK106
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 822 MHz 928 MHz
Shader Speed 1645 MHz 928 MHz
Memory Speed 1002 MHz (4008 MHz effective) 1350 MHz (5400 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 384 768
Texture Mapping Units 64 64
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 110 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 128256 MB/sec 86400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52608 Mtexels/sec 59392 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 26304 Mpixels/sec 14848 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must 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 anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling 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 chip could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends 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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