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GeForce GTX 295 vs GeForce GTX Titan

Intro

The GeForce GTX 295 features a clock speed of 576 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 999 MHz. It also makes use of a 448-bit bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is made up of 240 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 28 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX Titan, which features a GPU core clock speed of 837 MHz, and 6144 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1502 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2688 SPUs, 224 Texture Address Units, and 48 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX Titan 250 Watts
GeForce GTX 295 289 Watts
Difference: 39 Watts (16%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX Titan, in theory, should perform a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 295 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX Titan 288384 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 295 223776 MB/sec
Difference: 64608 (29%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX Titan should be much (about 103%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 295. (explain)

GeForce GTX Titan 187488 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 295 92160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 95328 (103%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX Titan is superior to the GeForce GTX 295, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX Titan 40176 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 295 32256 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7920 (25%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

GeForce GTX 295

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GeForce GTX Titan

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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 295 GeForce GTX Titan
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year January 8, 2009 February 2013
Code Name G200b GK110
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 896 MB (x2) 6144 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz (x2) 837 MHz
Shader Speed 1242 MHz (x2) 837 MHz
Memory Speed 999 MHz (1998 MHz effective) (x2) 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 240 (x2) 2688
Texture Mapping Units 80 (x2) 224
Render Output Units 28 (x2) 48
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit (x2) 384-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 289 watts 250 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 223776 MB/sec 288384 MB/sec
Texel Rate 92160 Mtexels/sec 187488 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 32256 Mpixels/sec 40176 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once 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 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 texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out 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 filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few 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.

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