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GeForce GTX 460 vs GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 675 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 336 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 822 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1002 MHz on this particular card. It features 384 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti should be quite a bit faster 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 is a lot (approximately 39%) better 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

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti should be a lot (approximately 62%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 460, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (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

GeForce GTX 460

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 560 Ti

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

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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock 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 maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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