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GeForce GTX 650 vs GeForce GTX 860M

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 comes with a core clock speed of 1058 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 860M, which comes with GPU core speed of 797 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 1152 Stream Processors, 96 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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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 860M 4340 points
GeForce GTX 650 2263 points
Difference: 2077 (92%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 860M 45 Watts
GeForce GTX 650 64 Watts
Difference: 19 Watts (42%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 650 should be a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 860M overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 860M 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 16000 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 860M will be quite a bit (about 126%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)

GeForce GTX 860M 76512 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 42656 (126%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 650 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 860M 12752 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4176 (33%)

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 GTX 650

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 650 GeForce GTX 860M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 2012 March 12 2014
Code Name GK107 GM107
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1058 MHz 797 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 64 watts 45 watts
Bandwidth 80000 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33856 Mtexels/sec 76512 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16928 Mpixels/sec 12752 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 1152
Texture Mapping Units 32 96
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1300 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher 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 a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. 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 potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 650

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GeForce GTX 860M

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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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