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GeForce GTX 275 vs GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 275 uses a 55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 633 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1134 MHz on this model. It features 240 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 28 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 822 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1002 MHz on this model. It features 384 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 170 Watts
GeForce GTX 275 219 Watts
Difference: 49 Watts (29%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti should be 1% quicker than the GeForce GTX 275 overall, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 128256 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 275 127008 MB/sec
Difference: 1248 (1%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti will be a little bit (approximately 4%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 275. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 52608 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 275 50640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 1968 (4%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti should be much (more or less 48%) better at AA than the GeForce GTX 275, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 26304 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 275 17724 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 8580 (48%)

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 275

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GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 275 GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 9, 2009 January 2011
Code Name G200b GF114
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
Memory 896 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 633 MHz 822 MHz
Shader Speed 1404 MHz 1645 MHz
Memory Speed 1134 MHz (2268 MHz effective) 1002 MHz (4008 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 240 384
Texture Mapping Units 80 64
Render Output Units 28 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 219 watts 170 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 127008 MB/sec 128256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 50640 Mtexels/sec 52608 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 17724 Mpixels/sec 26304 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, 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 the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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