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GeForce GTX 280 vs GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 280 makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 602 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 1107 MHz on this specific card. It features 240 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, which features GPU clock speed of 822 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1002 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 384 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 170 Watts
GeForce GTX 280 236 Watts
Difference: 66 Watts (39%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 280 should be just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 280 141696 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 128256 MB/sec
Difference: 13440 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti should be a small bit (approximately 9%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 280. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 52608 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 280 48160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4448 (9%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti will be quite a bit (approximately 37%) better at AA than the GeForce GTX 280, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 26304 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 280 19264 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7040 (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

GeForce GTX 280

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 280 GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 17, 2008 January 2011
Code Name G200 GF114
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 602 MHz 822 MHz
Shader Speed 1296 MHz 1645 MHz
Memory Speed 1107 MHz (2214 MHz effective) 1002 MHz (4008 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 240 384
Texture Mapping Units 80 64
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 236 watts 170 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 141696 MB/sec 128256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 48160 Mtexels/sec 52608 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 19264 Mpixels/sec 26304 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card 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 card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

Comments

3 Responses to “GeForce GTX 280 vs GeForce GTX 560 Ti”
jose zamora says:
usted cual recomienda, para trabajar con adobe premier cs5, tengo esa duda, quiero comprar unatarjeta que me de resultavos positivos para mi trabajo, si la 280 tiene mayor cantidad de bus pero la 560ti tiene mayor cantidad de ddr5.
gracias por su aporte
Anonymous says:
Te recomiendo la GTX 560 Ti. porque? porque tiene tecnología mas nueva y es mas rápida en los programas que nombras.
jose zamora says:
MUCHAS GRACIAS... POR SU PRONTA RESPUESTA

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