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GeForce GTX 460 1GB vs GeForce GTX 480

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 1GB has a GPU clock speed of 675 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 336 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 480, which comes with core clock speeds of 700 MHz on the GPU, and 924 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 480 SPUs along with 60 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 460 1GB 160 Watts
GeForce GTX 480 250 Watts
Difference: 90 Watts (56%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 480 should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the GeForce GTX 460 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 480 177408 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 460 1GB 115200 MB/sec
Difference: 62208 (54%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 480 should be a little bit (about 11%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 460 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 480 42000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 1GB 37800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4200 (11%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 480 is much (approximately 56%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce GTX 460 1GB, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 480 33600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 1GB 21600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12000 (56%)

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 460 1GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 480

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

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Model GeForce GTX 460 1GB GeForce GTX 480
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2010 March 2010
Code Name GF104 GF100
Memory 1024 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 700 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 3696 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 160 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 177408 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37800 Mtexels/sec 42000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 33600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 336 480
Texture Mapping Units 56 60
Render Output Units 32 48
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1950 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core 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 fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

Comments

2 Responses to “GeForce GTX 460 1GB vs GeForce GTX 480”
Hannes says:

What card is above gtx 480?

Wolfe King says:

That would depend on what you consider "above". The 580, 660 (maybe), 760, 6970, 7870, and likely 8770 when it comes out will be above it. Though some of that depends on what you are using it for, as I get better frames on a 480 than I ever did on my 6970s with Metro 2033.

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