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GeForce GTX 285 2GB vs GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 285 2GB uses a 55 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 648 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 1242 MHz on this particular card. It features 240 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 170 Watts
GeForce GTX 285 2GB 204 Watts
Difference: 34 Watts (20%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 285 2GB should theoretically be a lot better than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 285 2GB 158976 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 128256 MB/sec
Difference: 30720 (24%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti should be just a bit (approximately 1%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 285 2GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 52608 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 285 2GB 51840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 768 (1%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 560 Ti is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 26304 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 285 2GB 20736 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5568 (27%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 285 2GB GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year January 15, 2009 January 2011
Code Name G200b GF114
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 648 MHz 822 MHz
Memory Speed 2484 MHz 4008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 204 watts 170 watts
Bandwidth 158976 MB/sec 128256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 51840 Mtexels/sec 52608 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20736 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 55 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 285 2GB

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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.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce GTX 285 2GB vs GeForce GTX 560 Ti”
Drekkyk says:

I find it interesting that the older 285 still fares pretty well against newer cards. It seems that if you are not going for ultra high res, the 285 is still capable. I wonder where you start to draw the line... 1920 x 1080? 2560 x 1440?

Right now 1920 x 1080 seems to be good with my 285. Perhaps there will be a steep dropoff above that.

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