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GeForce GTS 450 vs GeForce GTX 460

Intro

The GeForce GTS 450 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 783 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 902 MHz on this card. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 460, which comes with GPU core speed of 675 MHz, and 768 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 900 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 336 Stream Processors, 56 TAUs, and 24 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTS 450 106 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 150 Watts
Difference: 44 Watts (42%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 460 is 50% faster than the GeForce GTS 450 overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 86400 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 450 57728 MB/sec
Difference: 28672 (50%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 will be a lot (approximately 51%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTS 450. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 37800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTS 450 25056 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12744 (51%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 16200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTS 450 12528 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3672 (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 460

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 460
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 2010 July 2010
Code Name GF106 GF104
Memory 512 MB 768 MB
Core Speed 783 MHz 675 MHz
Memory Speed 3608 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 57728 MB/sec 86400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25056 Mtexels/sec 37800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12528 Mpixels/sec 16200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 336
Texture Mapping Units 32 56
Render Output Units 16 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1170 million 1950 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core 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 output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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