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GeForce 9800 GTX+ vs GeForce GTX 460

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GTX+ has a GPU core speed of 738 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 1100 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 128 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 460, which has core clock speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 768 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 336 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9800 GTX+ 145 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 150 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (3%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 460 is 23% faster than the GeForce 9800 GTX+ in general, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 86400 MB/sec
GeForce 9800 GTX+ 70400 MB/sec
Difference: 16000 (23%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GTX+ will be quite a bit (approximately 25%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 460. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX+ 47232 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 37800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9432 (25%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 16200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GTX+ 11808 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4392 (37%)

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 9800 GTX+

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9800 GTX+ GeForce GTX 460
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 July 2010
Code Name G92b GF104
Memory 512 MB 768 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 675 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 86400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 37800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 16200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 336
Texture Mapping Units 64 56
Render Output Units 16 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 1950 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus 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 ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels 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 ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GTX+

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GeForce GTX 460

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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.

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