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GeForce GTS 450 vs GeForce GTX 460

Intro

The GeForce GTS 450 comes with a core clock frequency of 783 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 902 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 192 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 460, which comes with GPU clock 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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 460 should in theory be a lot superior to 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 (about 51%) more effective 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

The GeForce GTX 460 is quite a bit (more or less 29%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTS 450, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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

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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 max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher 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 chip could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate 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 quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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