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GeForce GTS 450 vs GeForce GTX 260

Intro

The GeForce GTS 450 features a GPU core clock speed of 783 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 902 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 192 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 260, which uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a speed of 999 MHz on this specific card. It features 192 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 28 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTS 450 106 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 182 Watts
Difference: 76 Watts (72%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 260 should theoretically perform much faster than the GeForce GTS 450 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 111888 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 450 57728 MB/sec
Difference: 54160 (94%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 is quite a bit (approximately 47%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTS 450. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 36864 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTS 450 25056 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 11808 (47%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 should be a lot (approximately 29%) better at FSAA than the GeForce GTS 450, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 16128 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTS 450 12528 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3600 (29%)

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 GTS 450

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 260

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

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Model GeForce GTS 450 GeForce GTX 260
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 2010 June 16, 2008
Code Name GF106 G200
Memory 512 MB 896 MB
Core Speed 783 MHz 576 MHz
Memory Speed 3608 MHz 1998 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts 182 watts
Bandwidth 57728 MB/sec 111888 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25056 Mtexels/sec 36864 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12528 Mpixels/sec 16128 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 192
Texture Mapping Units 32 64
Render Output Units 16 28
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 448-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 65 nm
Transistors 1170 million 1400 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum 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 the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce GTS 450 vs GeForce GTX 260”
gliterman says:

An useful article, I was searching for something like this as I've got a 260 and a nice offer for a gts450
After having a look at the article, I will continue with my 260..

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