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GeForce 9800 GTX+ vs GeForce GTX 460

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GTX+ uses a 55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 738 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 1100 MHz on this model. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 460, which has clock speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 768 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 336 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

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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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 460 should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the GeForce 9800 GTX+ overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GTX+ should be much (about 25%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 460. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 is the winner, and very much so. (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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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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max 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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