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GeForce GTX 275 vs GeForce GTX 470

Intro

The GeForce GTX 275 comes with a core clock frequency of 633 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 1134 MHz. It also features a 448-bit memory bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It features 240 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 470, which comes with a core clock frequency of 607 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 837 MHz. It also uses a 320-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 448 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 40 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 470 215 Watts
GeForce GTX 275 219 Watts
Difference: 4 Watts (2%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 470 will be 5% faster than the GeForce GTX 275 in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 275 127008 MB/sec
Difference: 6912 (5%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 275 is much (more or less 49%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)

GeForce GTX 275 50640 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16648 (49%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 470 will be much (approximately 37%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce GTX 275, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 275 17724 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6556 (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 GTX 275

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 275 GeForce GTX 470
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 9, 2009 March 2010
Code Name G200b GF100
Memory 896 MB 1280 MB
Core Speed 633 MHz 607 MHz
Memory Speed 2268 MHz 3348 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 219 watts 215 watts
Bandwidth 127008 MB/sec 133920 MB/sec
Texel Rate 50640 Mtexels/sec 33992 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 17724 Mpixels/sec 24280 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 448
Texture Mapping Units 80 56
Render Output Units 28 40
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 320-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1400 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics 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 most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 275

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GeForce GTX 470

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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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