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GeForce GTX 280 vs GeForce GTX 560 Ti


The GeForce GTX 280 comes with core speeds of 602 MHz on the GPU, and 1107 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 240 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, which has a GPU core clock speed of 822 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1002 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 384 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 280 should in theory be just a bit superior to 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 is a little bit (more or less 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 much (approximately 37%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 280, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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

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GeForce GTX 280

GeForce GTX 560 Ti

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.


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Model GeForce GTX 280 GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 17, 2008 January 2011
Code Name G200 GF114
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 602 MHz 822 MHz
Memory Speed 2214 MHz 4008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 236 watts 170 watts
Bandwidth 141696 MB/sec 128256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 48160 Mtexels/sec 52608 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 19264 Mpixels/sec 26304 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 384
Texture Mapping Units 80 64
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1400 million 1950 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

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


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:


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