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GeForce GTS 450 vs GeForce GTX 260

Intro

The GeForce GTS 450 comes with a GPU 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 is comprised of 192 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 260, which features a core clock frequency of 576 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 999 MHz. It also features a 448-bit memory bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is comprised of 192 SPUs, 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

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 260 should perform a lot faster than the GeForce GTS 450 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 should be much (about 47%) more effective at 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 will be quite a bit (more or less 29%) better at FSAA than the GeForce GTS 450, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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

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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
Fab Process 40 nm 65 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16 2.0
Memory 512 MB 896 MB
Core Speed 783 MHz 576 MHz
Shader Speed 1566 MHz 1242 MHz
Memory Speed 902 MHz (3608 MHz effective) 999 MHz (1998 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 192 192
Texture Mapping Units 32 64
Render Output Units 16 28
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 448-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.1
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts 182 watts
Shader Model 5.0 4.0
Bandwidth 57728 MB/sec 111888 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25056 Mtexels/sec 36864 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12528 Mpixels/sec 16128 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max 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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