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GeForce GT 640 DDR3 vs GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB

Intro

The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 features core speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1782 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB, which comes with core speeds of 928 MHz on the GPU, and 1350 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 768 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 65 Watts
GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB 110 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (69%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB, in theory, should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB 86400 MB/sec
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 57024 MB/sec
Difference: 29376 (52%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB should be a lot (approximately 106%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB 59392 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 30592 (106%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB is superior to the GeForce GT 640 DDR3, but not by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB 14848 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 14400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 448 (3%)

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 GT 640 DDR3

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 640 DDR3 GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 2012 October 2012
Code Name GK107 GK106
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 928 MHz
Shader Speed 900 MHz 928 MHz
Memory Speed 3564 MHz 5400 MHz
Unified Shaders 384 768
Texture Mapping Units 32 64
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 65 watts 110 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 57024 MB/sec 86400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 59392 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14400 Mpixels/sec 14848 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many 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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