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GeForce GTS 450 vs GeForce GTX 460

Intro

The GeForce GTS 450 comes with a GPU core 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 Stream Processors, 32 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 460, which features a core clock speed of 675 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also features a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 336 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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 should be much faster than the GeForce GTS 450 overall. (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%) more effective at AF 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 a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 is superior to the GeForce GTS 450, 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

GeForce GTS 450

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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

Model GeForce GTS 450 GeForce GTX 460
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 2010 July 2010
Code Name GF106 GF104
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
Memory 512 MB 768 MB
Core Speed 783 MHz 675 MHz
Shader Speed 1566 MHz 1350 MHz
Memory Speed 902 MHz (3608 MHz effective) 900 MHz (3600 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 192 336
Texture Mapping Units 32 56
Render Output Units 16 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts 150 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 57728 MB/sec 86400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25056 Mtexels/sec 37800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12528 Mpixels/sec 16200 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

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

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