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GeForce GTX 470 vs GeForce GTX 960

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 features a clock frequency of 607 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 837 MHz. It also uses a 320-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 448 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 40 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 960, which features a GPU core clock speed of 1127 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 1024 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 960 7627 points
GeForce GTX 470 2937 points
Difference: 4690 (160%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 960 120 Watts
GeForce GTX 470 215 Watts
Difference: 95 Watts (79%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 470 will be 20% quicker than the GeForce GTX 960 in general, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 960 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 21920 (20%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 should be quite a bit (approximately 112%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 72128 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 38136 (112%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 36064 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11784 (49%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 470 GeForce GTX 960
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2010 January 2015
Code Name GF100 GM206
Memory 1280 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz 1127 MHz
Memory Speed 3348 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 215 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 133920 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33992 Mtexels/sec 72128 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24280 Mpixels/sec 36064 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 448 1024
Texture Mapping Units 56 64
Render Output Units 40 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million 2940 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated 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 rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 470

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GeForce GTX 960

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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.

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