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GeForce GTX 460 vs GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 has a GPU core clock speed of 675 MHz, and the 768 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 900 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 336 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, which features a clock frequency of 822 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1002 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, 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

Theoretically speaking, 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 should be much (more or less 39%) more effective at texture filtering 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 quite a bit (approximately 62%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 460, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (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 (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of 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 applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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