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GeForce GTX 460 vs GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 675 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 336 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 822 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1002 MHz on this particular model. It features 384 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 460 150 Watts
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 170 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (13%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti should theoretically be a lot better than the GeForce GTX 460 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 128256 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 460 86400 MB/sec
Difference: 41856 (48%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti should be a lot (more or less 39%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 460. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 52608 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 37800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14808 (39%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 560 Ti is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 26304 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 16200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10104 (62%)

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

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 460 GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2010 January 2011
Code Name GF104 GF114
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
Memory 768 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 822 MHz
Shader Speed 1350 MHz 1645 MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (3600 MHz effective) 1002 MHz (4008 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 336 384
Texture Mapping Units 56 64
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 170 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 86400 MB/sec 128256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37800 Mtexels/sec 52608 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16200 Mpixels/sec 26304 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is calculated 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 video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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